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SC 73

Noble, Lydia Edmundovna, 1884-1929. Papers of Lydia Edmundovna Noble, 1895-1940: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: SC 73
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Lydia Edmundovna Noble, 1884-1929
Title: Papers of Lydia Edmundovna Noble, 1895-1940
Date(s): 1895-1940
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet (3 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, poems, articles, etc., of Lydia Edmundovna Noble, Radcliffe College Class of 1909.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

This collection was given to the Radcliffe College Library by Lydia Edmundovna Noble's sister Beatrice Noble ca. 1950.

Processing Information:

Processed: November 1982
By: Elena Taratuta

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Lydia Edmundovna Noble as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Lydia Edmundovna Noble Papers, 1895-1940; item description, dates. SC 73, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Lydia Edmundovna Noble, poet and translator, was born February 22, 1882 and raised in Malden, Massachusetts. Her father, Edmund Noble was a journalist and her mother, Lydia Lyvovna Pimenoff Noble was of Russian origin. LEN attended Malden High School and Radcliffe College (1902-1905, 1907-1909) where she studied English, German, French, Latin, Spanish, Fine Arts and Music. She also knew Russian from her mother. Noble translated poems and articles by the Russian poet Konstantin Dmitrievich Balmont and the diary of Constantine Belash, a young Russian officer. Her own articles and translations of articles from French were published in Eastern and Western Review. She also wrote poetry, some of which was translated into Russian by Balmont and into Serbian by Ivan Shaikovich. She gave lectures at schools and churches in the Boston area.


This collection consists of Lydia Edmundovna Noble's correspondence (originals, transcriptions, and copies) with friends and poets including Konstantin Balmont. Also included are drafts of Noble's poems, translations, articles, and other writings, and poems by LEN's sister and mother. Much of the collection consists of copies of materials that were deposited at Houghton Library (49M-263) by LEN's sister Beatrice Noble in May 1950.


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Eastern and Western Review
Women poets
Bal'mont, Konstantin Dmitrievich, 1867-1942
Belash, Constantine
Noble, Beatrice
Radcliffe College. Class of 1914
Shaikovich, Ivan