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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 170 Collections and/or Records:

Benj. Saritsky's Application for Admission to JCRS, 1910 August 10-1911 May 8

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0033.00001
Abstract JCRS Application filled out by hand in ink for Benj. Saritsky. Information on the form includes his age, birth place, occupation, residence, marital status, children's ages, nearest relatives, and includes a signature in Yiddish. At the bottom of the page is a section entitled "Recommendation," which is left blank except for a note that reads "Letter from H. Masliansky." The back of the form has a section called "Report of Medical Examiner" which states that the examination took place on August...
Dates: 1910 August 10-1911 May 8

Bill from Postal Telegraph Cable Co. to C.D. Spivak, 1910 February 6

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0020.00008
Abstract Bill from Postal Telegraph Cable Co. addressed to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado dated to February 6 1910. The bill is for a telegram from February 5th 1910 to Annie Nissman in Brooklyn, New York that was not paid at destination. The bill gives the reason that "party unknown at [illegible] address. Bill requests that Spivak "please pay the amount, $90.00 to the bearer and oblige." It is signed but the signature is illegible.
Dates: 1910 February 6

Copy of Letter from C.D. Spivak to Mrs. Fanny Wernyck, 1908 August 17

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0035.00015
Abstract Copy of typed letter on The Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society letterhead from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, to Mrs. Fanny Wernyck in Brooklyn, New York, informing her that they have this day written a letter to her husband, Mr. Hyman Wernyck, inviting him to come to the Sanatorium of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society, where everything will be done to make him as comfortable as possible. Letter states hope that his stay will be beneficial to his health and is unsigned but "Secretary"...
Dates: 1908 August 17

Duplicate of a Bill from S.S. Garson, 1909 August 26

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0103.00007
Abstract Handwritten duplicate of a bill in pencil from S. S. Garson in Denver, Colorado, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, for "1 week and 5 days board and room at $5.50 per week" for a patient from Brooklyn, New York, Max Lander. The total amount is $9.45.
Dates: 1909 August 26

Envelope Addressed to Dr. Spivak from H. Malachousky, 1909 March 20

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0079.00009
Abstract Hand-addressed envelope to "Dr. C.D. Spivak...Denver Colorado" from H. Malachousky in Brooklyn, N. Y. dated March 20th, 1909. The envelope was found in JCRS Patient #934 H. Malakoff's record and includes a red postage stamp that states, "U.S.POSTAGE TWO CENTS."
Dates: 1909 March 20

Envelope to Dr. Spivak from J. Goldman, 1909 February 12

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0098.00009
Abstract Hand-addressed blue envelope to "Dr. Spivak, Denver Colorado c/o [JCRS]" with typed return address stating, "If not delivered in Five Day return to JACOB GOLDMAN, Dealer in French & American Window and Plate Glass, 101 Hamilton Avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y." dated "FEB 12 1909" [sic]. The envelope has a "U.S.POSTAGE TWO CENTS" red and white stamp and was found in JCRS Patient #963 S. Pitchinoc's record.
Dates: 1909 February 12

Illegible Letter from Dr. Spivak, 1909 March 12

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0091.00014
Abstract Illegible typed letter from Dr. Spivak dated March 12th, 1909, found in JCRS Patient #951 J. Bilovsky's record. The only legible parts of the letter read, "Mar. 12. 1909....Brooklyn, N. Y....regain his health...Secretary. Secreatary" [sic]. The page seems to have two letters written atop one another.
Dates: 1909 March 12

Letter from B. Weinstein to C.D. Spivak, 1910 August 22

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0170.00010
Abstract Handwritten letter from B. Weinstein to C.D. Spivak regarding her son’s admission to JCRS. Weinstein tells Spivak that she is grateful for the news and acknowledges her son’s admission as a noble deed. She also writes to say that members of the Weinstein family will work to find contributions to support JCRS. She hopes that he will find joy and happiness from doing good work and signs the letter, “Mrs. Bailey Weinstein” at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 August 22

Letter from C D Spivak to Louis Pevareff, 1911 May 17

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0167.00008
Abstract Typed letter from Dr. C.D. Spivak to Mr. Louis Pevareff, father of William Pevareff, to inform him that JCRS has invited William to the Sanatorium. Letter is unsigned, as it is a carbon copy of the original, but "Secretary" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1911 May 17

Letter from C D Spivak to Mrs. Anna Eisenberg, 1911 April 17

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0165.00009
Abstract Typed letter from Dr. C.D. Spivak to Mrs. Anna Eisenberg, the wife of Harry Eisenberg, written to inform her that Harry Eisenberg has been invited to the Sanatorium. Letter is unsigned, but "Secretary" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1911 April 17