Elisaveta Fen papers

Archive Collection

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.

Conditions Governing Access

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