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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 54 Collections and/or Records:

Letter from C.D. Spivak to S.H. Fisher, 1910 June 01

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0075.00021
Overview Typed letter from Dr. Charles Spivak to Mrs. S.H. Fisher apologizing for the late response and inquiring about what type of tombstone she wants for her brother, mentioning that the cheapest stones are $35-$40. He says if she dictates what she wants written on the stone, they will have a more exact cost. Dr. Spivak also mentions that it is the custom of the Jewish people to not place a stone on a grave before one year. He informs Mrs. Fisher that her brother came to the Sanatorium in the...
Dates: 1910 June 01

Letter from D. Eisenberg to C.D. Spivak, 1910 July 29

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0062.00006
Overview Handwritten letter in ink with Unity Lodge No. 164, I.O.B.A. from D. Eisenberg to Dr. Charles Spivak, in which he says his brother, Barney Eisenberg, is in the sanatorium and has been thinking of leaving to Baltimore. He then asks for the doctor to investigate his brother's case to be sure the change of climate won't be fatal for him. Letter is signed by D. Eisenberg.
Dates: 1910 July 29

Letter from Leonard Leisersohn to C.D. Spivak, 1909 May 24

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0068.00024
Overview Handwritten letter in black ink from Leonard Leisersohn in New York to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado informs the bearer of the letter, "M. Suskind" [Morris Ziskind], is a member of the U.S. Grand Lodge O.B.A. King Solomen Lodge No. 97 of Baltimore, Maryland. Leisersohn requests that Ziskind be admitted to the JCRS Sanatorium as soon as possible. Letter informs that Ziskind will be able to support himself for a few weeks before being admitted. Letter is signed in black ink by Leonard...
Dates: 1909 May 24

Letter from L.H. Fisher to C.D. Spivak, 1912 February 28

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0075.00032
Overview Handwritten letter from Mrs. L.H. Fisher to Dr. Charles Spivak requesting information about the receipt for a check sent and information on the erection of a tombstone for her brother, Mr. Max Hamburger.
Dates: 1912 February 28

Letter from L.H. Fisher to C.D. Spivak

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0075.00033
Overview Handwritten letter from L.H. Fisher to Dr. Charles Spivak, inquiring about the tombstone of Mr. Max Hamburger. She writes that she and her family are not very religious, and Max did not have a Yiddish name. She asks for a receipt for the stone. Letter is signed but undated.
Dates: 1910-1912

Letter from Louis Sugar to C D Spivak, 1908 November 15

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0172.00004
Overview Handwritten letter from Louis Sugar, Secretary of the Baltimore Branch of the JCRS to Dr. C.D. Spivak in reply to a letter not included in this file. Sugar writes remarks on a previous letter exchange and mentions Sarah Michelson towards the end. Sugar writes that Michelson is in a "very pitiful plight" and that if action is not taken, "it will result disastrously." Sugar also writes, "she is a worthy case and that he assumes Dr. Guttmacher had already shared the particulars of Michelson's case...
Dates: 1908 November 15

Letter from Louis Sugar to C D Spivak, 1908 November 16

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0172.00005
Overview Handwritten letter from Louis Sugar, Secretary of Baltimore Branch of JCRS to Dr. C.D. Spivak. Sugar writes that a "committee of ladies" approached him with Sarah Michelson to plead her case with regards to going to Denver for treatment as they believed him to be their way to gain entrance to the Denver JCRS. Sugar writes that they presented a "sorrowful plea for her admission" and portrayed "such a pitiful scene full of sadness and darkness." Sugar writes that if Michelson stayed in her...
Dates: 1908 November 16

Letter from Louis Sugar to C D Spivak, 1908 November 29

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0172.00007
Overview Handwritten letter from Louis Sugar, Secretary of the Baltimore Branch of JCRS, to Dr. C.D. Spivak. Sugar writes to formally introduce Sarah Michelson to Spivak and give his thanks in advance for her care at JCRS in Denver. Letter is signed "Louis Sugar."
Dates: 1908 November 29

Letter from Louis Sugar to C D Spivak, 1908 December 27

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0172.00009
Overview Handwritten letter from Louis Sugar, Secretary of the Baltimore Branch of JCRS, to Dr. C.D. Spivak concerning Sarah Michelson. Sugar writes to ask Spivak to potentially help Michelson with paying for her meals. It seems that Michelson's parents informed Sugar that she would not be admitted to JCRS for at least a month but is experiencing hardship while waiting. Sugar asks that Spivak would help Michelson with her meals and that she would then be able to pay for just her lodging until admitted...
Dates: 1908 December 27

Letter from Louis Sugar to C.D. Spivak, 1908 November 27

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0046.00003
Overview Handwritten letter in ink on "Baltimore Branch of the JCRS of Denver, Colorado" letterhead from Louis Sugar in Baltimore, Maryland, to C.D. Spivak, in Denver colorado, requesting that Charles Stalberg be invited to join the JCRS.
Dates: 1908 November 27