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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 Addressed to Dr. Spivak from H. J. Leon, 1909 February 27

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0105.00009
Overview Hand addressed envelope with typed return address to "Dr. C. D. Spivak 1421 Court place Denver Colo," from "H. J. LEON SIXTY-ONE WEST THIRTY-SEVENTH STREET NEW YORK" dated "FEB27 1909" [sic]. The envelope has a red "U.S.POSTAGE TWO CENTS" stamp, which has been marked as sent via a black stamp printed over the red stamp [sic]. The envelope was found JCRS patient #974 Morris Leon's patient file.
Dates: 1909 February 27

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

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0079.00009
Overview 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 from G. Belitzer to C.D. Spivak, 1910 May 12

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0084.00035
Overview Empty envelope addressed to Mr. C.D. Spivak from G. Belitzer. The postmark is from Dallas, Texas on May 12 at 10:30AM, 1910.
Dates: 1910 May 12

Envelope from H. Fineberg to C.D. Spivak, 1910 April 6

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0064.00004
Overview Handwritten envelope from H. Fineberg addressed to Dr. C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado.
Dates: 1910 April 6

Envelope from J. Baronizky to C.D. Spivak, 1910 September 06

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0039.00011
Overview Envelope with Sep 6 stamp. It reads "Dr. Spivak 1421 Court Place, Denver Col" in ink, and "Baronizky" in pencil.
Dates: 1910 September 06

Envelope from JCRS to M. Bieler, 1911 February 16

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0134.00009
Overview Returned envelope from Dr. Spivak to Max Bieler with a letter inviting Max Bieler to the sanatorium.
Dates: 1911 February 16

Envelope from JCRS to M. Doctor, 1910 September 16

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0049.00018
Overview JCRS envelope to Millie Doctor, with stamps saying "not claimed", "not at new number", and "returned".
Dates: 1910 September 16

Envelope from M. Ginsborg to C.D. Spivak , [1910] January 25

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0025.00015
Overview Handwritten envelope from M. Ginsborg 1437 Hooker St. Denver, Colo. addressed to Dr. C.D. Spivak 1421 Court Place, City.
Dates: [1910] January 25

Envelope to C.D. Spivak, undated

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0041.00002
Overview Envelope with Department of Health N.Y. letterhead to Dr. Spivak. It's undated and unsigned.
Dates: undated

Envelope to Dr. Spivak from H. Diamondstein, 1908 November 15

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0089.00002
Overview Hand-addressed envelope in blue ink to Dr. Spivak [Denver JCRS] with templated return address that states, "Nieziner Benevolent Association H. Diamondstein Sec'y. [original address crossed out, new address written below] Chicago 31 Frank St." dated November 15th, 1908 [sic]. The envelope was found in JCRS patient #947 I. Diamondstein's record.
Dates: 1908 November 15