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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 47 Collections and/or Records:

Envelope, 1908 November 13

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0075.00010
Overview Handwritten evelope in black ink from F. Berse, 513 W 3rd St., Plainfield, New Jersey. The envelope reads "Dr. C. D. Spivak, 1421 Court Place, Denver, Colo."
Dates: 1908 November 13

Envelope, 1909 February 24

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0029.00013
Overview Handwritten envelope in ink from "A. Frankel, 45 Edward St., Secretary of Sons of Israel Lodge No. 311: O.B.A. Rochester, N.Y." and is addressed to "C.D. Spivak 4424 Court Place, Denver, Colorado."
Dates: 1909 February 24

Envelope, 1909 November 20

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0046.00009
Overview Handwritten envelope in black ink addressed to "Dr. C.D. Spivak c/o Jewish Consumptive Relief Society, Denver, Colo. 1421 Court Place."
Dates: 1909 November 20

Envelope, 1909 December 9

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0053.00006
Overview Typed envelope addressed to Dr. C.D. Spivak, Secretary, in Denver, Colorado from the Weehawken, New Jersey Post Office Department.
Dates: 1909 December 9

Envelope, 1909 December 2

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0127.00031
Overview Envelope from Cincinnati, Ohio, to C.D. Spivak at the JCRS in Denver, Colorado.
Dates: 1909 December 2

Envelope, 1911 October 27

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0122.00014

Envelope, 1912 March 3

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0032.00003
Overview Envelope addressed to I. Weitzman from C.D. Spivak. The envelope states “In ten days return to The Jewish Consumptives’ Relief Sociey.” There is a purple stamp of a pointing finger that says “returned.”
Dates: 1912 March 3

Envelope, 1923 October 17

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0083.00002
Overview Ripped envelope with "J. Petrover Sighetul-Marmati-Romania" printed in the left corner. 10/17/23 is stamped on the back.
Dates: 1923 October 17

Envelope, 1910 May 21

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0075.00018
Overview Stationary from the New Howard Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, addressed to Dr. Charles Spivak. Envelope is stamped and dated May 21, 1910 at 5pm.
Dates: 1910 May 21

Envelope Addressed to Dr. Spivak, 1909 Febuary 18

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0093.00011
Overview Hand-addressed envelope to "Dr. C. D. Spivak [Sanatorium] of [the JCRS] Edgewater, Colo" dated "FEB 18 1909." The envelope, found in JCRS Patient #956 A. Tarashinsky's record, has a red U.S. two cent postage stamp and "Isidore Hurwitz Library" is written at the bottom of the envelope [sic]. The envelope is not signed.
Dates: 1909 Febuary 18