Elisaveta Fen papers

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 206 MS 1394
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English French German Italien Russian Spanish
  • Physical Description
      42,344 ff., 25 vols, 1 icon, manuscript, typescript, printed, and photographs

Scope and Content

Comprises literary works and memoirs, official documents, diaries, notebooks, letters (including George Orwell), newspaper cuttings, and photographs by, or relating to, Elisaveta Fen

Administrative / Biographical History

Elisaveta Fen (pen name of Lidiia Vitalevna Zhiburtovich, 1899-1983) emigrated from the Soviet Union to England in 1926 and established herself as a novelist, journalist, translator and memoirist writing in English. As Lydia Jackson (her married name) she had a parallel career as a child psychologist.

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

The gift of Rosemary Davidson, January 1984, September 1985, May 1986, August 1987, February and May 1990, March 1999


In English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish

Other Finding Aids

A more detailed listing of the contents is available in the Leeds Russian Archive online catalogue http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/lra/index.htm