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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 209 Collections and/or Records:

Letter from C.D. Spivak to J. Schkolnick, 1912 January 12

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0165.00025
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to J. Schkolnick. Spivak enclosed Adolph Schkolnick's death certificate.
Dates: 1912 January 12

Letter from C.D. Spivak to J. Schoen, 1910 August 9

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0107.00023
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to J. Schoen. Spivak enclosed a bill that detailed the amount of money it took to ship Emil Jusskowitz's body from Denver to New York. He explains that the total shipment came to $156.20, but $52.10 in cash was found on Jusskowitz's body so Spivak asks Schoen to remit a new balance of $104.10 instead. The letter is signed "Secretary" at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 August 9

Letter from C.D. Spivak to L. Gonda, 1910 June 25

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0106.00019
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to Louis Gonda. Spivak first clarifies that the name “Louis Gonda” was given to JCRS when he filed the application. This is in response to a previous letter that mentions the death of an Alex Gonda, written by his brother Louis Gonda. Spivak then goes into detail about the circumstances of Gonda's deaths by saying that he was mostly in bed during his stay, although his condition did not seem that bad until about two weeks before his death. Spivak mentions that...
Dates: 1910 June 25

Letter from C.D. Spivak to L.E. Schlechter, 1911 October 18

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0031.00025
Overview Letter from C.D. Spivak to L.D. Schlechter. Spivak enclosed a certified copy of Feldman’s death certificate. Spivak asks Schlechter to pay $1.00 for the death certificate.
Dates: 1911 October 18

Letter from C.D. Spivak to M. Hoffman, 1911 September 1

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0099.00027
Overview Letter from C.D. Spivak to M. Hoffman. Spivak enclosed a copy of George Hoffman’s death certificate. Spivak also thanks Hoffman for his $6.00 donation to the sanatorium. Spivak tells Hoffman that he will send him a receipt shortly. There is a postscript asking Hoffman to send JCRS $1.00 to cover the cost of the certificate which was charged to him by the Health Authorities in Denver.
Dates: 1911 September 1

Letter from C.D. Spivak to Mr. and Mrs. Goldstein, 1910 June 1

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0094.00013
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to Morris Goldstein's family regarding the funeral costs from the death of Morris Goldstein. Spivak mentions that he passed away around 7A.M. on May 13th with the funeral being on Sunday, May 15th. Spivak states that Morris left behind two express money orders, cash, and a check. Spivak is also sorry to say that Morris did not leave any message for his family before his death. He signs the letter "Secretary" at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 June 1

Letter from C.D. Spivak to Mr. Manheimer, 1911 January 31

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0141.00015
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to Mr. Manheimer. Spivak regrets to inform Manheimer that his wife passed away at the sanatorium. Spivak explains that her remains were taken to Hoffman’s Undertaking Establishment. Spivak gives him his condolence.
Dates: 1911 January 31

Letter from C.D. Spivak to Mr. Yarros, 1910 November 7

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0118.00032
Overview Typed copy of a letter from C.D. Spivak to Mr. Yarros. Spivak asks Yarros to return Ike Clein's body to his brother, B. Clein. He also states that the sum of $100.00 was sent and that $25.00 of the sum should be entered into the Golden Book of Life as a donation from B. Clein.
Dates: 1910 November 7

Letter from C.D. Spivak to N. Ostroff, 1911 November 3

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0161.00020
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to N. Ostroff. Spivak enclosed the statements that needed to be filled out by the physician and undertaker regarding Mrs. Queen’s death. Spivak asked Ostroff to pay a bill of $2.00 for the charges of the certificate.
Dates: 1911 November 3

Letter from C.D. Spivak to P. Leibovitch, 1912 March 8

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0095.00028
Overview Letter from C.D. Spivak to P. Leibovitch. Spivak regrets that he cannot give Mrs. Leibovitch many details about her son’s death. Spivak tells her that her son died at the City and County Hospital of Denver and he was buried in a Jewish cemetery by the West Side Benevolent Society. Spivak also says that Louis Leibovitch was buried on February 12, 1912 at Golden Hill Cemetery. He instructs Mrs. Leibovitch to contact S.F. Disraelly to find out the number and block of her son’s grave.
Dates: 1912 March 8