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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 M. Rubin to C.D Spivak, 1910 August 23

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0047.00015
Overview Typed letter with Henry Sonneborn & Co. letterhead from Mollie Rubin, Baltimore, Md., to Dr. Charles Spivak, in which she states a brother of one of her employees is in the sanatorium, Harry "Schlectman". She states Harry is sick, disheartened, lonesome, and wants to go home to Russia to his family. Letter is signed by Mollie Rubin.
Dates: 1910 August 23

Letter from Mrs. C. Zineman to C.D. Spivak, 1909 November 19

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0046.00006
Overview Handwritten letter in black ink from Mrs. C. Zineman in Baltimore, Maryland to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado requests that Spivak inform her of the condition of her son Israel Zineman. Mrs. C. Zineman informs that her son was a patient in the JCRS Sanatorium and that she has heard that Israel is dead and she would like to know the exact date if he is indeed dead. Letter is signed by C. Zineman.
Dates: 1909 November 19

Letter from Rabbi A Guttmacher to C D Spivak, 1908 November 6

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0172.00003
Overview Handwritten letter on letterhead from Rabbi A Guttmacher (PhD) in Balitmore, Maryland to Dr. C.D. Spivak. Guttmacher is writing concerning Sarah Michelson. Exact wording is unclear but letter appears to be an appeal from Guttmacher to Spivak to admit Michelson to JCRS. It appears Michelson was a patient at the National Jewish Hospital for a few months and although told she was "cured," became ill again and needed a place to go. Letter is signed "A Guttmacher."
Dates: 1908 November 6

Letter from S.H. Fisher to C.D. Spivak, 1910 May 04

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0075.00015
Overview Written letter from Mrs. S.H. Fisher to Dr. Charles Spivak, inquiring about the death and burial place of Mr. Max Hamburger. The letter is written on stationary from the New Howard Hotel, is faded and difficult to read. Letter is signed and dated.
Dates: 1910 May 04

Letter from S.H. Fisher to C.D. Spivak, 1911 January 08

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0075.00025
Overview Handwritten letter from Mrs. S.H. Fisher to Dr. Charles Spivak requesting that her brother, Mr. Max Hamburger's tombstone has his name, age, and date of death. Letter is dated and signed.
Dates: 1911 January 08

Letter to C.D. Spivak, 1911 June 26

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0075.00027
Overview Letter on Fisher's Orchestra and Band Letterhead to Dr. Charles Spivak, informing him that a check for $9.78 is attached for the balance for the headstone for Mr. Max Hamburger. Information for the stone is provided, and a receipt is requested. Letter is dated, but unsigned.
Dates: 1911 June 26

Letter to Dr. Spivak from M. Blum, 1909 February 25

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0095.00005
Overview Handwritten letter in black ink to [Dr. Spivak] from M. Blum in Baltimore dated February 25, 1909. The letter informs Spivak that M. Blum received Spivak's letter and has decided the trunk of I. Stoller should be opened, and that any valuable papers or items be sent to M. Blum, but everything else can be donated to JCRS. The letter is signed Mrs Mary Blum.
Dates: 1909 February 25

Letter to M. Blum from Dr. Spivak, 1909 February 20

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0095.00006
Overview Typed letter to "Mrs. [M.] Blum...Baltimore, Md" from Dr. Spivak dated "Feb. 20. 1909." The letter informs M. Blum that JCRS has the wrong address [490 Wendover Ave., Bronx, NY] on file for S. Stoller, and asks for a new address for the woman. The letter also asks how M. Blum would like to dispose of the late I. Stoller's trunk, and what funeral arrangements should be made for Mr. Stoller. The letter is not signed but Secretary is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1909 February 20

Letter to M. Philips from Dr. Spivak, 1908 December 10

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0095.00015
Overview Typed letter to M. Philips in Baltimore from Dr. Spivak dated December 10th 1908. The letter informs Philips that his cousin, I. Stoller, has been accepted to join the JCRS Sanatoriums for his health and well-being. The letter is not signed but Secretary is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1908 December 10