Cantor Henri Goldberg Collection MS-0508

Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182-8050

Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
Title: Cantor Henri Goldberg Collection
Creator: Goldberg, Henri
Identifier/Call Number: MS-0508
Physical Description: 2.50 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1969-1970
Language of Material: English .

Scope and Contents

The contents of the collection consists of correspondence, writings, poems, sermons, autobiographical information regarding his career as a cantor and materials from the JCC choir including scrapbook contents, copies of newspaper clippings, programs and photographs, copies of lectures and services, songbooks and musical plays. The collection also includes reel to reel tapes of services and concerts at the JCC and at the various congregations where he officiated. Fourteen of these tapes have been transferred onto CD's and are included with this collection.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Source of Acquisition

Laurel Schwartz, Jewish Historical Society of San Diego (JHSSD)

Custodial History

In July 2003, Cantor Goldberg's papers and music were given to Maestro David Amos by the cantor's wife, Mollie Goldberg. David Amos gave them to the new Astor Judaica Library at the Lawrence Family JCC which gave his personal papers to the JHSSD in 2004. The sheet music collection was kept by the Astor Judaica Library. Included in the collection are the Cantor's personal papers and a scrapbook donated by Sylvia Arden in October 2004 regarding the 54th St. JCC Music Committee and Cantor Henri Goldberg. More materials were donated by the Library Committee in 2011.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Cantor Henri Goldberg Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, San Diego State University Library.

Biographical Note

Born in 1892, Henri Goldberg received his music education at Stern's Conservatory in Berlin, under the direction of Professor Gustav Hollaender. He was director of the Detroit Jewish Folk Chorus for 15 years, performing with guest artists such as Alexander Kipnis and Regina Resnik . Simultaneously, he was choir director for the largest Conservative Congregation in Detroit, Sharey Zedek , music teacher at various Jewish schools and choirmaster of several secular choirs in nearby cities. In 1959 he was appointed cantor and choir director for Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, California. In 1963, in San Diego, he was cantor for the brief life of Temple Solel, a breakaway congregation from Congregation Beth Israel and cantor after its merger back into Beth Israel in 1968. He also held positions at Tifereth Israel Synagogue and Beth Tefilah Congregation in the 1970's. He directed the Jewish Community Center Choir at the 54 th St. Jewish Community Center during the 1960's. He was also an avid fisherman.




Personal Papers I

box 1, folder 1

Autobiographical Folder 1

box 1, folder 2

Sermons Folder 2

box 1, folder 3

Sermons and Speeches Folder 3

box 1, folder 4

Sermons and Speeches Folder 4

box 1, folder 5

Correspondence from Goldberg Folder 5

box 1, folder 6

Writings Folder 6

box 1, folder 7

Writings Folder 7

box 1, folder 8

Correspondence from Goldberg Folder 8

box 1, folder 9

Correspondence Received Folder 9

box 1, folder 10

News Articles Folder 10

box 1, folder 11

National and Regional Affiliations Folder 11

box 1, folder 12

Prayers Folder 12

box 1, folder 13

Songs and Hymns Folder 13

box 1, folder 14

Miscellaneous Notes Folder 14

box 1, folder 15

Miscellaneous Notes Folder 15

box 1, folder 16

Miscellaneous Notes Folder 16

box 1, folder 17

Jewish Community Center Choir Folder 17

box 1, folder 18

Jewish Community Center Choir Folder 18

box 1, folder 19

Jewish Community Center Choir - Newspaper Clippings Folder 19


Scrapbook II

box 1, folder 20

Jewish Community Center Choir Scrapbook Folder 20


Booklets III

box 1, folder 21

Temple Beth Israel Songbooks Folder 21

box 1, folder 22

Songbooks and Services Folder 22

box 1, folder 23

Musical Plays Folder 23

box 1, folder 24

Pamphlets and Articles Folder 24

box 1, folder 25

Programs - Musical Events (Outside of San Diego) Folder 25

box 1, folder 26

Miscellaneous San Diego Items Folder 26


Notebook IV

box 1, folder 27

Musical Notebooks for the "The Book of Esther" Folder 27


Manuscript V

box 1, folder 28

Lectures and Speeches Folder 28


Sheet Music VI

box 1, folder 29

Sheet Music Folder 29


Audio VII

box 2, folder 1

Detroit Jewish Folk Chorus Tapes Folder 1

box 2, folder 2

Temple Isaiah Tapes Folder 2

box 2, folder 3

Temple Solel Tapes Folder 3

box 2, folder 4

Miscellaneous Tapes Folder 4

box 2, folder 5

Congregation Beth Israel Tapes Folder 5

box 2, folder 6

Jewish Community Center Choir Tapes Folder 6

box 2, folder 7

Jewish Community Center Choir Tapes Folder 7