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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 107 Collections and/or Records:

Copy of Letter from A.B. Lewin to C.D. Spivak, 1908

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0012.00005
Overview Copy of typed letter from A.B. Lewin to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, stating that enclosed find: certificate of identity of Mr. Alex Vendig who died at the Sanitorium on June 28th, 1909, nine reports #1342-1350, and three applications of Emergency cases. Lewin states that out of all of those who are to leave the Sanitorium, only Mr. R. Hoffenberg said that he definitely goes on Sunday July 18th, the rest want to see him, C.D. Spivak. He states that he is awaiting Spivak's instructions on...
Dates: 1908

Envelope, 1909 March 1

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0054.00004
Overview Envelope is addressed to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, from A.A. Cohen, District Manager, Colonial Trust Building, Reading, PA. The envelope is decorated with a photo and reads "Reading, Penna. The city varied industries superior commercial, educational, and residential advantages". On the back of the envelope is stamp that reads "Denver, Colo. Mar 1 4 PM 1909".
Dates: 1909 March 1

Envelope, 1909 January 12

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0037.00002
Overview Envelope addressed from Mrs. B. Davis in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Dr. C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado.
Dates: 1909 January 12

Gabriel Cohen's Application for Admittance to JCRS, 1908 July 13

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0022.00001
Overview Application for admittance to JCRS filled out by hand in ink for Gabriel Cohen. Information on the form includes his age, birth place, occupation, residence, marital status, children's ages, nearest relatives, and signed by Gabriel Cohen. The back of the form has section entitled "Report of Medical Examiner," which is blank. The middle section of the back is a form filled out by hand in ink. It reads "Application No. 840 Case No. 568, Application of, Gabriel Cohen, Received July 13, 1908,...
Dates: 1908 July 13

Jake Finkelstein's Application for Admittance to JCRS, 1910 July 8-1911 August 17

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0008.00001
Overview JCRS application filled out by hand in ink for Jake Finkelstein. Information on the form includes his age, birth place, occupation, marital status, previous hospital stays, nearest relatives, and signed by Joseph Greenfield. At the bottom of the page, under "Recommendation" are two names both of which are illegible. The back of a form, "Report of Medical Examiner" informs that the examination took place on July 9, 1910 and reports that the patient suffers from advanced stage of tuberculosis and...
Dates: 1910 July 8-1911 August 17

Letter form C.D. Spivak to A.A. Cohen, 1908 October 2

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0054.00011
Overview Typed letter form C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, to A.A. Cohen in Reading, Pennsylvania, responsing to Cohen's request to admit Joseph Robinowitz into the Sanatorium. Spivak states that the Sanatorium is not letting patients in or out at the time. During the holidays (Passover and Succoth) the patients request to stay and the JCRS does not terminate anyone. Spivak went on to say that hopefully in a bit of time, some beds will open up. Letter is unsigned but "Secretary" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1908 October 2

Letter from A.A. Cohen to C.D. Spivak, 1908 August 28

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0054.00013
Overview Typed letter from A. A. Cohen in Reading, Pennsylvania, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, requesting and recommending for the JCRS to accept and admit Joseph Robinowitz into the Sanatorium. Letter is signed in ink "A.A. Cohen".
Dates: 1908 August 28

Letter from A.J. Margolin to C.D. Spivak, 1909 May 8

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0055.00012
Overview Handwritten letter in black ink from A.J. Margolin in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado informs that the bearer of the letter is Mr. Wolf Sifrim and is a friend of a good acquaintance of Margolin. Informs that Sifrim is sick and hopes to be admitted to a hospital and requests that Spivak do what he can for Sifrim. Letter is signed in black ink by A.J. Margolin.
Dates: 1909 May 8

Letter from B. Blauweis to C.D. Spivak, 1910 October 17

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0150.00015
Overview Handwritten letter from Mrs. B. Blauweis to C.D. Spivak asking him to inform her about the current state of her husband’s condition. She tells Spivak that she left Colorado a few years ago, but worries about Mr. Blauweis’ condition. She also tells Spivak that she wants to know if he will ever get cured because she is struggling to support her two children.
Dates: 1910 October 17

Letter from Barnet Sedler to C.D. Spivak, 1908 August 7

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0025.00003
Overview Typed two-page letter on Sedler's Clothing House letterhead from Barnet Sedler in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado. Sedler states that he has Spivak's reply of August 4th to hand and contents read. He thanks him very much for his kindness in replying promptly to his letter in question of Louis Goldstein, which explains every detail satisfactory. Sedler asks Spivak to pardon him if he finds his letter, which he was compelled to write him again on Aug. 5th regarding...
Dates: 1908 August 7