Biographical Note

Scope and Content

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Inventory

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Preliminary Guide to the Sema Calvo Oral History Interviews



Manuscript Collection No.: 1938
Creator: Calvo, Sema , creator
Title: Sema Calvo papers
Date Span: 1920-1987
Quantity: 2 sound cassettes and 2 transcripts
Languages: Collection materials are in English Ladino.




Biographical Note

Calvo was born in Marmara, Turkey, in 1909. She emigrated to the United States at age 12 to join her father, Jacob Policar, one of the first of two Sephardic Jews in Seattle. She married Marco Calvo at age 17 and had four Children: Pearl, Irving, Jack and Esther. She was an early member of Ahavath Ahim Congregation and, after the merger, in the Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation where she served as its Ladies Auxiliary President. She died March 31, 2000 at the age of 90.

Scope and Content

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Inventory

  
Accession No. 1938-001
Calvo, Sema
Sema Calvo oral history interview, 1972
1 sound cassette (ca. 55 min.); transcript
Scope and Content
Tape recorded interview conducted by Karyl Winn and Jeanette Schrieber, 25 May 1972; transcript.
Calvo describes the simple but difficult life she remembers in Marmara and contrasts it with her family's early life in Seattle. She recalls the development of Congregation Ahavath Ahim and her work in the women's auxiliary, which later merged with that of Sephardic Bikur Holim.
Digital Content/Other Formats
Listen to the audio recording and view the transcript of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.
Restrictions on Access
May be used for research, instruction, publications, and similar educational purposes. Access to archival recordings: Due to the fragility of archival tape recordings, potential users may be required to arrange for transfer to digital format before the material can be accessed. Please contact Special Collections for further information.
Restrictions on Use
Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Sema Calvo, 5/25/1972.

  
Accession No. 1938-002
Calvo, Sema
Sema Calvo interview papers, 1920-1986
Transcript: 2 pages
Scope and Content
Transcript of interview conducted by Meta Buttnick on 17 Mar 1986; emigration and naturalization papers, snapshots; 1920, 1943.
Calvo relates how her father brought his family from Marmara in Turkey to establish a home here.
Restrictions on Access
Open to all users.
Restrictions on Use
Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Sema Calvo, 3/1/1986.

  
Accession No. 1938-003
Calvo, Sema
Sema Calvo tape recording, 1987
1 sound cassette; translation: 1 page
Scope and Content
Tape recording of Ladino songs sung at the mikvah by Sephardic women celebrating a forthcoming marriage, 1987. The ceremony has changed now and these songs are no longer sung. See the translation for additional background material. This tape was recorded by a group of friends in honor of the 50th wedding anniversary of Mark and Sema Calvo.
Restrictions on Access
Open to all users. Access to archival recordings: Due to the fragility of archival tape recordings, potential users may be required to arrange for transfer to digital format before the material can be accessed. Please contact Special Collections for further information.
Restrictions on Use
Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Sema Calvo, 2/1/1990.

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Adatto, Fannie, creator.
Altabet, Rachel, creator.
Azose, Jack, creator.
Azose, Leo, creator.
Azose, Liza, creator.
Benezra, Sehula, creator.
Calvo, Sema--Archives.
Organizations:
Jewish Archives (University of Washington)
Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation (Seattle, Wash.)
Subjects:
Sephardim--Music.
Sephardim--Washington (State)--Seattle.
Sephardim--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews.
Songs, Ladino.
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