Lucille Spring papers, 1912-2010

Overview of the Collection

Spring, Lucille Almeleh
Lucille Spring papers
1912-2010 (inclusive)
4.44 cubic feet (13 boxes and 2 folders)
Collection Number
5932 (Accession No. 5932-001)
Lucille (Lucy) Almeleh Spring was an active member of the Temple De Hirsch and acted as the Temple's Music Coordinator. Materials mostly document the Temple De Hirsch Junior Choir and Seattle Sephardic community
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
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Fax: 2065431931
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Audio recordings are on reel to reel tape and 78 rpm records. Patrons wishing to listen to these recordings may need to pay for digital transfer of the recordings.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Lucille (Lucy) Spring Almeleh Spring was born in the East Cherry Street neighborhood of Seattle on April 17, 1933. Her parents, Pinhas (Pinky) Almeleh and Victoria (Vicky) Franco Almeleh, immigrated to Seattle from the Isle of Rhodes. She attended Leschi Elementary School, Washington Junior High, Garfield High School, and the University of Washington in Seattle. She was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority, where she served as an adviser for many years.

Spring was an active member of the Temple De Hirsch. She joined the Councilettes youth group in the 1940s and became involved with the junior choir as a teenager. She worked closely with music director Samuel Goldfarb, who asked her to join the music teaching staff in 1948. She went on to become the Temple’s Music Coordinator. Spring wrote numerous plays, musicals and cantatas for the temple.

Spring was married to Rudy Abram Spring in 1955. Their blended family included Rudy’s two daughters from a previous marriage, Sally and Peggy. The Springs had two sons, Perry and Harley.

In 1977, Spring was appointed Cultural Arts Director for the Jewish Community Center. In 1983, she accepted a position as Volunteer Director at the Kline Galland Home. She worked to improve the quality of resident life until her retirement in 2003. In 2005 she was awarded the Power of One award by the Women’s Endowment Foundation for her work with Kline Galland. She arranged for the creation of the Lucy and Rudy Spring Endowment Fund for the Enhancement of Jewish Life at Kline Galland, which provides money for Jewish programming at the home.

Spring was active in the Seattle Sephardic community. She celebrated her 80th birthday in 2013 with a special concert at Kline Galland Home as well as a celebration at Temple B’Nai Torah in Bellevue, WA. She died in December 2013.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection includes correspondence, certificates, pamphlets, community newsletters, flyers, and programs. Most materials relate to the Temple De Hirsch Junior Choir and the Seattle Sephardic community. The collection also includes correspondence and records of Lillian Goldberg (1894-1996), a relation of the Spring family. Lillian Goldberg was a graduate of the Wilson’s Modern Business College in Seattle (1912), served in the Red Cross during WWII, and had a long career at Pacific Telephone Company.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Forms part of the Washington State Jewish Archives.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Preservation Note

Audio recordings are on reel to reel tape and 78 rpm records. Patrons wishing to listen to these recordings may need to pay for digital transfer of the recordings.

Acquisition Information

Perry Spring, 2014-03-18

Separated Materials

Material Described Separately:

Photographs separated to Lucille Spring photograph collection (PH2020-001)

The Musical Legacy of Samuel E. Goldfarb concert, 2007 (DVD) transferred to Jewish Archives Film Collection

Material related to Spring Wholesale Cigar Co. relocated to Spring Cigar Company Records

Separated Materials

6 phonodiscs transferred to Music Library Sept. 2015: Ehad Me Yodea (Who Knows One), Ladino Folk Song Kiddush (Sanctification) Leon Robert Israel Tenor Vocal with Piano; Song of the Sephardi - Rivka Raz, 1978, Zohar Productions; Songs of the Sephardic People - Cantor Isaac Behar Jakob Records; Sephardic Tradition in Ladino Song - Nico Castel, 1977, Tambur Records; Les Chants Traditionnels Hebriques - Haim Harboun et la Chorale Israelite du Seminaire de France, 1979, Atoll Music; For New Life Excerpts from Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Services in Temple de Hirsch Sinai, Leon Israel, tenor soloist

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 - 1/3 Temple de Hirsch Choir materials including sheet music and planning documents for event honoring Samuel Goldfarb's musical legacy 2007, undated
1/4 Temple de Hirsch Junior Choir newsletters and programs 1965-1977
1/5 Temple de Hirsch Junior Choir register, memberships lists, news clipping, and programs 1929-1977
1/6 Temple de Hirsch Choir musical productions programs, lyrics (mostly Fiddler on the Roof) 1969-1971
2/1 Temple de Hirsch Choir materials 1954-2007
2/2 Temple de Hirsch and Temple de Hirsch Choir materials 1965-2007
2/3-2/6 Temple de Hirsch Choir sheet music and lyrics 1969, undated
3 Three Temple de Hirsch Junior Choir scrapbooks 1968-1969; 1971-1972; 1975-1977
4 Two Temple de Hirsch Junior Choir scrapbooks 1969-1970; 1973-1975
5/1 Temple De Hirsch choir clippings and correspondence
5/2 Temple de Hirsch songs and prayers 1996, undated
5/3 Temple de Hirsch musical production programs 1951-1962
5/4 Temple de Hirsch confirmation ceremony programs 1927-1963
5/5 Temple de Hirsch Graduate School commencement programs 1936-1964
5/6 Temple de Hirsch service programs including Thanksgiving Union Services 1925-1998
5/7 Programs and other materials related to Rabbi Raphael Levine 1957-1985
5/8 Temple de Hirsch publications 1960-1999
5/9 Papers related to Samuel E. Goldfarb, including copies of music scores 1929-2005
5/10 Music scores, lyrics and related material for "My Dreidel ("I Have a Little Dreidel") by S.E. Goldfarb 1967
5/11 Photocopy of report by Mary L. Johnson "Mr. Samuel Goldfarb and the Junior Choir" written from research by Lucille Spring 1959
6/1 Clippings, program and music for Congregational Dinner honoring S.E. Goldfarb 1968
6/2 Program and music for S.E. Goldfarb's memorial service 1978
6/3 Goldfarb Choir Annual Reunion programs 1987, undated
6/4 Correspondence and program for concert "The Musical Legacy of Samuel E. Goldfarb" 2007
6/5 Correspondence with and regarding Samuel E. Goldfarb 1966-1977
6/6 Newspaper clippings related to S.E. Goldfarb 1967-2007
6/7 Binder of materials related to S.E. Goldfarb legacy concert 2007
6/8 Hymns and prayers in Ladino 1963-1971
6/9 Notes and examples of Ladino undated
6/10 Issues 12, 14-17 of Los Muestros: The Sephardic Voice written in French, English and Ladino 1993-1994
7/1 Instructions on Sephardic pronunciation of Hebrew 1988-2003
7/2 Information on Sephardic history including photocopy of letter from Rhodes, July 1920 in Solitreo script 1920-2010
7/3 Sephardic Religious School Songbooks undated
7/4 History titled "The Sephardim and the Pike Place Market" and Pike Place Market calendars 1978-1984
7/5 Newspaper clippings on Pike Place Market and Sephardic business owners 1975-1996
7/6 Congregation Ezra Bessaroth programs 1947-2009
7/7 Yearbook from Broadway High School and reunion program belonging to Jeannette Marcus 1928
7/8 Temple B'nai Torah Yom Kippur Machzor 2001-2002
8/1 Family history information pertaining to Behar, Almeleh and Alhadeff families 1928, 1992
8/2 Photocopies of student project by Tracey Lonn on her great-grandfather undated
8/3 Newsletters and other information related to Caroline Kline Galland Home 1977-1999
8/4 Women's Endowment Foundation Shirley Bridge Power of One Award 2005
8/5 Letter from Henry Eisenhardt about his life experiences 2000
8/6 News clippings related to local Jewish community 1976-1999
8/7 Lillian Goldberg certificates and awards 1912-1986
8/8 Lillian Goldberg personal correspondence, etc. 1933-1971
8/9 Lillian Goldberg clippings related to Pacific Telephone Co. 1953-1956
8/10 Material related to Lillian Goldberg participation in Tele-Pioneers organization, including Blue Bell Toastmistresses 1952-1975
8/11 Lillian Goldberg ORT pins (in small box) 1970 -1982
9 Memory book given to Lillian Goldberg by Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. upon her retirement 1959
10 Sisterhood Choral Group sheet music undated
10 Sabbath Morning Service sheet music, first edition prepared by Bonia Shur 1971
10 "What Chanuka Means to Us" sheet music, composed and arranged by Bonia Shur 1966
10 Sacred Service for Children, sheet music compiled and edited by Bonia Shur 1968
10 Unbound sheet music, some by Bonia Shur and Samuel Goldfarb undated
10 Unbound sheet music manuscripts by Samuel Goldfarb undated
11 Sheet music used for Temple de Hirsch choirs undated
11 Issues of Haazinu (Listen) journal published by "composers and performers of Jewish music" 1966-1968
11 Copies of Avodat Israel Sabbath Eve Service by Samuel E. Goldfarb, inscribed to Lucy Spring (letter from Goldfarb to Lucy Spring tucked inside one copy) 1953
12 Publications, including plays and song books, mostly related to Lucille Spring's work as junior choir director 1920-2001
13 Audio recordings: 12 78 rpm records of Temple de Hirsch Children's Choir; reel to reel audio tape of Samuel Goldfarb 37th anniversary [presumably his anniversary at Temple de Hirsch] undated
1 Wilson's Modern Business College graduation certificates for Sadie Goldberg and Lillian Goldberg 1912
2 Telephone Pioneers of America membership certificate 1934
2 Marriage contract (ketubah) probably for bride and groom named Breckler and Friedman [in Hebrew] undated
2 Sheet music of candle blessing for soprano and alto inscribed to Lucy Spring by Bonia Shur 1968

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Sephardim--Washington (State)--Seattle

Personal Names

  • Goldber, Lillian--Correspondence
  • Spring, Lucille Almeleh--Archives

Corporate Names

  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Temple de Hirsch (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Temple de Hirsch (Seattle, Wash.). Sisterhood

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington) (creator)