Lydia T. Black

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Lydia T. Black
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Born December 16, 1925
Kiev, Ukraine
Died March 12, 2007(2007-03-12) (aged 81)
Kodiak, Alaska
Resting place Kodiak City Cemetery
Alma mater Brandeis University (B.A., M.A., 1971)
University of Massachusetts Amherst (Ph.D., 1973)
Occupation Anthropologist, professor, translator
Notable work Russians in Tlingit America
Spouse(s) Igor Black

Lydia T. Black (December 16, 1925 – March 12, 2007) was an American anthropologist.[1] She won an American Book Award for Russians in Tlingit America: The Battles of Sitka, 1802 And 1804.


She grew up in Kiev. Her father was executed in 1933, and her mother died of tuberculosis in 1941. During World War II, she was sent to a German forced labor camp. After the war, in Munich, she was a janitor. She was enlisted by the Americans as a translator, at the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration displaced children’s camp, since she could speak six languages. She married Igor Black, and immigrated in 1950.[2]

She graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A., and M.A. in 1971, and University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Ph.D. in 1973. She taught at Providence College beginning in 1973. She taught at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 1984 to 1998.[1] She worked translating and cataloging the Russian archives of Saint Herman's Orthodox Theological Seminary, earning the Cross of St. Herman.[3] In April 2001, she, along with fellow anthropologist and historian and close colleague Richard Pierce, historians Barbara Sweetland Smith, John Middleton-Tidwell, and Viktor Petrov (posthumous), was decorated by the Russian Federation with the Order of Friendship Medal, which they received at the Russian consulate in San Francisco.[4]

She is buried at Kodiak City Cemetery.[5]


She married Igor A. Black (died 1969), an engineer for NASA contractors; they had four daughters.[6]



  1. ^ a b "Lydia T. Black 1925 to 2007 | Biocultural Science & Management". March 12, 2007. Archived from the original on March 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  2. ^ "Dr. Lydia T. Black « O\’Folks". March 14, 2007. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
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  4. ^ "МЫ ВО ВЛАСТИ НАУКИ. На Аляске сохранилась русская "территория"". Obschaia Gazeta. 5-08-2001. Retrieved 2012-07-10.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska". Kodiak Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  6. ^ Alice and Pat Petrivelli (March 2007). "Tribute to Dr. Lydia T. Black". The Aleut Corporation. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 

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