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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 132 Collections and/or Records:

Doctor Recommendation from Hartford Hospital, 1907 April 27

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0158.00003
Abstract Certificate from a doctor at the Hartford Hospital recommending that Max Cohen obtains treatment for tuberculosis in Denver. The doctor tells JCRS that Cohen’s health has not improved and needs a change in climate.
Dates: 1907 April 27

Excerpt of Letter from A. Myers to C.D. Spivak , 1911 January 12

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0141.00005
Abstract Excerpt of a letter written from A. Myers to C.D. Spivak. Myers wanted to include more information aside from her telegram. She clarifies that while she does not give preference to any applicant, she hopes that Spivak can admit Mrs. Manheimer to the sanatorium. She tells Spivak that other prominent members of the California community are interested in her case, such as Mr. Lichtenstein of San Francisco and Mr. Herzog of San Raphael, California. She informs Spivak that Rabbi Myers is looking...
Dates: 1911 January 12

Excerpt of Letter from L. Bloch, 1911 March 16

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0029.00003
Abstract Excerpt of a letter from L. Bloch. The letter states that L. Bloch received Spivak’s last letters about the cases Bloch sent him. While Bloch is happy to hear they were all admitted, Bloch has another case for Spivak to consider. Bloch tells Spivak that she was going to send him to Denver two months ago, but the man changed his mind. Bloch tells Spivak that the man now wants to go to Denver, but he is very poor. The people that initially recommended the man as a case to Bloch wants Bloch to...
Dates: 1911 March 16

Excerpt of Letter from L. Bloch, 1911 April 4

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0029.00006
Abstract Excerpt of a letter from L. Bloch. Bloch tells Spivak that the man she wrote to Spivak about two weeks ago is leaving for Denver tomorrow. Bloch asks Spivak to admit Bernstein and ensure that he is taken care of because it is a very important case. Bloch reminds Spivak that the party the recommended the case to Bloch can do a lot of good for JCRS.
Dates: 1911 April 4

Excerpt of Letter from L. Bloch to C.D. Spivak, 1911 December 20

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0114.00029
Abstract Excerpt of letter from Mrs. L. Bloch to C.D. Spivak. Mrs. Bloch tells Spivak that friends of J. Glazer asked her if Glazer was well enough to come home. Bloch did not know the answer and the friends were surprised that she did not have an answer for them. She told the friends that she would write to Spivak to find out the health condition of Glazer. Bloch asks Spivak if Glazer is strong enough to go back to work in New York.
Dates: 1911 December 20

Excerpt of two letters regarding D. Diamond, 1910 October 8

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0155.00002
Abstract This item is one piece of paper that has two different excerpts of letters on it. The first letter was from M. Lipschitz to C.D. Spivak. Lipschitz informed Spivak that a man named D. Diamond was on his way to Denver from New York. Lipschitz stated that his society chose to pay for his travels and advised Diamond to call Spivak once he arrived in Denver. He also asked Spivak to recommend him to somebody for work and to help him with any medical treatment he needed. Lipschitz told Spivak that he...
Dates: 1910 October 8

Letter from A. Reichman to C.D. Spivak, 1910 March 7

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0034.00002
Abstract Letter from A. Reichman to C.D. Spivak. The letter is handwritten in Yiddish.
Dates: 1910 March 7

Letter from A.D. Achtenberg to C.D. Spivak, 1911 July 26

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0109.00013
Abstract Typed letter from A.D. Achtenberg to C.D. Spivak. Achtenberg tells Spivak that it came to his attention that Mr. Housman was discharged from the sanatorium uncured from tuberculosis. Achtenberg asks Spivak how that could have happened because he has never know Spivak to discharge sick patients before. Achtenberg thanks Spivak for the fast reply.
Dates: 1911 July 26

Letter from A.S. Greenstein to C.D. Spivak, 1910 June 20

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0168.00006
Abstract Handwritten letter from A.S. Greenstein of the Progressive Order of the West, Houston Lodge #141 to C.D. Spivak. As instructed by the Houston Lodge #141 P.O.W., Greenstein introduces Miss Rosa Gordon as a young lady of the Houston, Texas community. Greenstein informs Spivak that Gordon is on her way to Denver to benefit her health. Greenstein also explains that Gordon’s family contains important members and officials of his lodge and other Jewish lodges in Houston. He asks Spivak to take...
Dates: 1910 June 20

Letter from A.S. Greenstein to C.D. Spivak, 1910 June 20

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0168.00007
Abstract Handwritten letter from A.S. Greenstein to C.D. Spivak. Greenstein explains that at a regular meeting of the Aushell Hirsch Lodge #200 of the O.B.A. on June 19th, 1910 he was instructed to write to Spivak to introduce Miss Rosa Gordon’s case to him. Greenstein tells Spivak that she is a popular young lady to the community and she is on her way to Denver for her health. Since the lodge is a contributor to JCRS, Greenstein recommends Gordon for admission to the sanatorium and asks that Spivak...
Dates: 1910 June 20