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

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0098.00009
Overview 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

Envelope to Dr. Spivak from L. Berman, 1909 January 31-1909 February 02

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0108.00005
Overview Handwritten envelope addressed in ink to "Dr. Spivak 1421 Court. Place Denver Colorad[o]" from " mr. l. Berman 620 9-th. st. milwaukee wisc" with two postal use stamps indicating time, date, and location [sic]. The envelope has a "U.S.POSTAGE TWO CENTS" stamp which has been stamped over in black as if the letter was sent [sic].
Dates: 1909 January 31-1909 February 02

Envelope to Dr. Spivak from The University Settlement Society, 1909 January 25

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0099.00016
Overview Handwritten blue envelope addressed to "D. Chas D. Spivak 1421 Court Place Denver Colo" with a typed return address reading, "UNIVERSITY SETTLEMENT SOCIETY 184 ELDRIDGE STREET NEW YORK" dated "JAN 25 1909" via stamp [sic]. The envelope also has a red and white "U.S. POSTAGE TWO CENTS" stamp, which was stamped over with a black stamp, denoting that the letter was sent. The envelope was found in the JCRS Patient #966 M. Seldich's filed record.
Dates: 1909 January 25

Envelope to Mr. [Dr.] Spivak from Gram & Glass Cap Co., 1909 February 11

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0113.00020
Overview Envelope from "Gram & Glass Cap Co. N. E. Cor. 16th & Morgan St. St. Louis, MO." to "Mr. [Dr.] C. D. Spivak, Sec'y, 1421 Court Place, Denver, Colo." dated via stamp "FEB 11...1909" [sic]. The envelope, found in Max Leipziger's patient record from JCRS, also has a red two cent U.S. postage stamp that has been stamped over in black.
Dates: 1909 February 11

Handwritten envelope from Mr. Sam Millman to Dr. Spivak, 1903 February 5

Identifier: B002.01.0099.0001.00009
Overview Handwritten envelope from Mr. Sam Millman to Dr. Spivak, dated February 5, 1903. States it is from Mr. Sam Millman, Isidore Hurwitz Library, Sanatorium of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society, Edgewater, Colo. and to Dr. Spivak, 1421 Lourt Place, Denver, Colo. Envelope is signed "Mr. Sam Millman."
Dates: 1903 February 5

Letter and Envelope from C.D. Spivak to S. Schmittmeyer, 1910 March 21

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0154.00006
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to Sam Schmittmeyer regarding his admission to the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society. Spivak is pleased to inform Schmittmeyer that the Admission and Dismission Committee of the JCRS extends an invitation to come to the sanatorium. Spivak also provides instructions when accepting the offer. Schmittmeyer must present the letter to the superintendent of JCRS within two days and between the hours of 2 P.M. to 4 P.M., except on Saturdays and Sundays. He also writes a...
Dates: 1910 March 21

Letter from C.D. Spivak to S. Fisher, 1911 March23

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0115.00010
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to S. Fisher. C.D. Spivak asks Fisher to notify him if he has changed his address since he filled out his application on November 28th, 1910. The envelope to the letter is included because the mail was returned to JCRS.
Dates: 1911 March23