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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 F. Cohen to C.D. Spivak, 1912 November 12

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0164.00015
Abstract Handwritten letter from Mrs. Fannie Cohen to C.D. Spivak. Mrs. Cohen tells Spivak that she has attempted to obtain a death certificate from the Colorado State Board of Health for the death of her husband, but they told her that they do not have Julius Cohen’s death on record. Mrs. Cohen is asking Spivak for his help in obtaining a death certificate since he died at the sanatorium. She thanks him in advance.
Dates: 1912 November 12

Letter from F.D. Gonda to C.D. Spivak, 1910 July 13

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0106.00022
Abstract Typed letter from F.D. Gonda and the Gonda family to C.D. Spivak. The Gonda family is writing to follow up about a previous letter they had written and had not yet receive a response from. They mention that they answered the question about what to do with the photographic equipment in the previous letter. They also anxiously await his letter with information about the location of their father's grave. The letter is signed, "Your grateful debtors, F.D. Gonda, and family" with their New York...
Dates: 1910 July 13

Letter from G. Belitzer to C.D. Spivak, 1910 May 15

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0084.00038
Abstract Handwritten letter from G. Belitzer to C.D. Spivak requesting a death certificate for the death of Abe Axelrod.
Dates: 1910 May 15

Letter from G. Newman C.D. Spivak, 1910 October 26

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0142.00008
Abstract Handwritten letter from G. Newman to C.D. Spivak. Newman enclosed a money order for notary fees, as well as a sworn and sealed affidavit for her sister, Anna Hornstein. Newman also asks Spivak to send Hornstein’s death certificate and thanks him for all of the kindness he has shown in the past. The letter is signed, “Mrs. Goldie Newman” with her address at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 October 26

Letter from G. Newman C.D. Spivak, 1910 November

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0142.00012
Abstract Handwritten letter from G.H. Newman to C.D. Spivak. Newman tells Spivak that she would like to comply with his request to pay for the funeral if it were possible. She tells Spivak that she cannot get any money from her sister’s policy until she receives the death certificate. Newman tells Spivak that she did not expect him to pay for her sister’s funeral and thanks him for the attention he gave her sister during her last few days. Newman then states that she is unable to send $31.50 today...
Dates: 1910 November

Letter from H. Cohen to C.D. Spivak, 1911 December 4

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0031.00031
Abstract Letter from H. Cohen to C.D. Spivak. Cohen tells Spivak that he prepared an affidavit for Dr. Leibert to sign and once the affidavit is submitted to the State Board of Health, Feldman’s death certificate should be corrected. Cohen mentions that Leibert made the mistake in good faith, but facts have shown up differently than what JCRS has on record. Cohen tells Spivak that it is Leibert’s duty to correct the certificate so that it reflects the facts from the affidavit. Cohen asks Spivak to have...
Dates: 1911 December 4

Letter from H. Cohen to G. Yarros, 1911 November 4

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0161.00021
Abstract Typed letter from H. Cohen to Gregory Yarros. Cohen told Yarros that he explained the situation of Mrs. Queen’s will to her sister. Cohen reiterated that the will should be probated in Denver because Spivak, being the executor, lived in Denver, as well as the fact that Queen’s last place of residence before her death was also in Denver. Cohen said that probating the will on the east coast will result in needless expenses. He also explained that Dr. Spivak will need to pay a $15.00 docket fee...
Dates: 1911 November 4

Letter from H. E. Hughes, Undertaker, 1905 January 19

Identifier: B002.01.0097.0006.00006
Abstract Handwritten letter on H. E. Hughes General Furnishing Undertaker letterhead from H. E. Hughes to the JCRS Sanatorium. Mr. Hughes asks for the cost of shipping Ray Goldberg's body to his office in Baltimore, MD and reminds the receipiant of the rules for shipping a body.
Dates: 1905 January 19

Letter from H. Levinson to C.D. Spivak , 1911 November 15

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0161.00024
Abstract Handwritten letter from Herman Levinson to C.D. Spivak. Levinson thanked Spivak for providing him with the death certificate of Catherine Queen. Levison also explained that Spivak overlooked the request to provide a copy of the will. While Levinson understood that Spivak was the executor of the will he told Spivak that if he does not want to take on the responsibility of executor then he should provide a notice to whomever the court deems as the next executor. He also told Spivak that he can...
Dates: 1911 November 15