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Spivak, C. D. (Charles D.), 1861-1927


A Jewish Immigrant from Tsarist Russia, Spivak pursued medicine out of a desire to be of service to humanity. In 1896, when his wife Jennie showed signs of incipient tuberculosis, Spivak moved their young family to Denver to take advantage of Colorado’s reputation as the World’s Sanatorium. Spivak's concern for the indignant consumptives he saw flooding into the state led to his founding the Jewish Consumptives’ Relief Society (JCRS), a sanatorium dedicated to the care of all, even those in the advanced stages of TB. Spivak also ensured that the primarily Eastern European Jewish patients were cared for in an environment that respected their culture- unlike many such institutions, the JCRS featured a kosher kitchen and observed the Jewish Sabbath and holidays. Dr. Spivak was also an associate professor of medicine at the University of Denver from 1896-1901.


Leḳsiḳon fun der nayer Yidisher liṭeraṭur, 1965 (Spiṿaḳ, Ḥayim; d. 10-16-1927; b. as Ḥayim-Ḥayḳl Spiṿaḳoṿsḳi; d. in Denver, Colorado) Yehoash. Idish ṿerṭerbukh, 1926: t.p. (Dr. Ḥayim Spiṿaḳ) t.p. verso (Dr. C. D. Spivak [in rom.]) Who's who in American Jewry, 1926 (Spivak, Charles; physician, author; b. 12-25-1861, Krementschug, Russia).

Found in 265 Collections and/or Records:

Benjamin Janowitz's Physical Examination to C.D. Spivak, 1908 September 19

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0100.00007
Overview Handwritten letter in pen from J.B. Fish in Edgewater, Colorado to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado about Benjamin Janowitz's physcial examination.
Dates: 1908 September 19

Contract and Note, 1910 February 26

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0154.00005
Overview Small contract that states Sam Schmittmeyer promises to pay $3.00 to C.D. Spivak within thirty days. Schmittmeyer signed the contract. There is also a note that states Schmittmeyer is supposed to work at Thompson’s Grocery on February 29th, 1910.
Dates: 1910 February 26

Copy of note, 1910 February 18

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0073.00003
Overview Typed copy of note enclosed with a letter. Note reports the cost of burial for JCRS patient Eli Smith. Note reads "Eli Smith Block 113 #4. Hearse 3.00, Grave 15.00, Grave 3.00, Undertaker 5.50, Bal Miskim 2.00, Tachrichem 3.00, $31.50." Note is unsigned.
Dates: 1910 February 18

Excerpt from Letter to C D Spivak, 1911 April 29

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0168.00015
Overview Typed excerpt from letter to Dr. C.D. Spivak from Mrs. Florence E. Shapiro, Secretary of the New York Ladies Auxillary of JCRS, concerning Harry Kotkis. The letter is written to express that Kotkis being admitted "as soon as possible" is not in line with a previous case brought to JCRS by Mrs. Bloch where that patient was admitted in 5 days. Shapiro writes that she expects the same to be done in this case and that "your institution will not be the loser when we hear he is admitted." Excerpt is...
Dates: 1911 April 29

Excerpt from Letter to Dr. Schwatt

Identifier: B002.01.0098.0120.00005
Overview Typed excerpt from letter to Dr. Schwatt, undated. The excerpt inquires information about Charles Rose. The excerpt is not signed.
Dates: 1907

Excerpt from letter to Dr. Schwatt, 1912 July 8

Identifier: B002.01.0098.0147.00002
Overview Typed excpert from letter to Dr. Schwatt, on July 8/12. Dr. Schwatt is asking for information regarding Yetta Ginsberg, who was an emergency case. The note is not signed.
Dates: 1912 July 8

Excerpt from Letter to Mrs. Florence E Shapiro, 1911 May 5

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0168.00016
Overview Typed excerpt from letter written to Mrs. Florence E Shapiro, Secretary of the New York Ladies Auxillary of JCRS, from Dr. C.D. Spivak, where he writes that Harry Kotkis was admitted to the Sanatorium on April 20 and that he is unsure to how she was not notified. Excerpt is unsigned.
Dates: 1911 May 5

Handwritten note from Dr. Philip Hillkowitz, 1906 January 16

Identifier: B002.01.0097.0105.00016
Overview Handwritten note from Dr. Philip Hillkowitz on his prescription notepad. The note is referring to L. Ressman on Jan 16. The note reads the cost of shipping Dave Bailin's body through Pacific Express, at $148.00. The note is signed Philip Hillkowitz.
Dates: 1906 January 16

Handwritten Note to JCRS

Identifier: B002.01.0098.0078.00009
Overview Handwritten note from unidentified person to JCRS, undated, informing the recipient that Miss Adelaide Kaichen asks that Mr. Schlessinger be admitted to the Sanatorium as a regular patient. Ms. Kaichen states that some of Mr. Schlessinger's friends are interested in him, and she has given Dr. Spivak checks for $70 and $10 from said friends.
Dates: 1907

Invoice from Medrash Hagodol Cemetery Association for the funeral of Miss Ray Macht, 1908 November 11

Identifier: B002.01.0098.0159.00017
Overview Typed, itemized invoice for the funeral of Miss Ray Macht. This invoice contains the location of her burial plot as well as the cost for the grave, digging, undertaker, shroud, washing the body, and the escort to the cemetery.
Dates: 1908 November 11