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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:

Letter from L. Eplan to C.D. Spivak, 1910 April 11

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0118.00003
Overview Typed letter from Leon Eplan to C.D. Spivak. Eplan asks Spivak to provide extra attention to Clein's application for admission to JCRS. He tells Spivak that himself, Clein, and other people in the area contribute to JCRS. He wishes JCRS a big success for the year and signs the letter "Leon Eplan" at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 April 11

Letter from L. Fine to C.D. Spivak, 1911 February 11

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0159.00002
Overview Handwritten letter from Louis Fine of Houston Ice and Brewing Company to C.D. Spivak. Fine wrote the letter to introduce Nathan Marcou who was sick and needed help from JCRS. Fine also told Spivak that Marcou came from Havana, Cuba and just sent him to Denver with $12.50 to get to Denver. Fine hoped Spivak was doing well and signed the letter, “Louis Fine” at the bottom.
Dates: 1911 February 11

Letter from L. Ginsburg to C.D. Spivak, 1907 December 6

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0150.00002
Overview Letter from Louis Ginsburg to C.D. Spivak. Ginsburg introduces Ignatz Greenberg and tells Spivak that Greenberg desires to be admitted to JCRS. Ginsburg also tells Spivak that Greenberg is a member of the Botoshauer K.U.V. of New York and the organization has furnished him with money to travel to Denver, as well as take care of Greenberg’s family while he is away. Ginsburg asks Spivak to do what he can to admit him as soon as possible.
Dates: 1907 December 6

Letter from L. Sanders to C.D. Spivak, 1911 January 15

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0151.00002
Overview Typed letter from Leon Sanders of the I.O.B.A. to C.D. Spivak. Sanders tells Spivak that his letter will be handed to him from Mrs. Zaritzky who wishes to be admitted to JCRS. Sanders informs Spivak that her condition requires immediate attention and he would consider it a personal favor if Spivak admitted Zaritzky. Sanders asks Spivak to put her name on a special list so that she can be admitted at the first opportunity that arises. The letter is signed, “Leon Sanders, Grand Master” at the...
Dates: 1911 January 15

Letter from L. Waldman to C.D. Spivak, 1910 November 10

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0106.00002
Overview Handwritten letter from Louis Waldman, Jacob Mehr, K. Kaffe, and A. Cash to C.D. Spivak. The men introduce Max Finkelman as someone who requires assistance from JCRS. They hope JCRS can accommodate Finkelman immediately and thanks Spivak in advance.
Dates: 1910 November 10

Letter from L. Wolsey to C.D. Spivak, 1910 August 2

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0025.00003
Overview Letter from L. Wolsey to C.D. Spivak. Wolsey reminds Spivak that he wrote a letter to JCRS regarding the possible admission of Louis Gutnick. Wolsey tells Spivak that Gutnick’s time at the National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives is running out and he trusts that Spivak will take action for Gutnick’s case. Wolsey also tells Spivak that the U.S. government is waiting for a report on the disposition of Gutnick’s case.
Dates: 1910 August 2

Letter from L.H. Schultz to C.D. Spivak, 1911 April 17

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0035.00002
Overview Handwritten letter from Dr. L. H. Schultz of the National Jewish Hospital to C.D. Spivak. Schultz introduces Sam Berger to Spivak and tells him that he is making an application at JCRS. Schultz tells Spivak the Berger is a gentleman and thoroughly deserving patient; therefore, any assistance in his admission would be appreciated by Schultz and Berger.
Dates: 1911 April 17

Letter from M. Gordon to C.D. Spivak, 1910 June 19

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0168.00004
Overview Handwritten letter from Morris Gordon to C.D. Spivak. Gordon wrote the letter to introduce his mother and sister, Miss Rosa Gordon. Gordon explained that his sister had been sick for the past five years and asked that Spivak’s city take care of her. Gordon also asked for Spivak’s assistance on behalf of Lodge #200 O.B.A. to make sure his sister’s stay in Denver is adequate. Gordon finished the letter by asking Spivak to kindly assure the family that his sister will be taken care of and thanked...
Dates: 1910 June 19

Letter from M. Lichtenstein to C.D. Spivak, 1910 April 12

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0118.00004
Overview Handwritten letter from M. Lichtenstein to C.D. Spivak informing him that Ike Clein left Atlanta, Georgia for Denver, Colorado to find treatment for tuberculosis. He tells Spivak that Clein comes from a nice family and always kept his house and purse open for others. He tells Spivak he would appreciate any effort that Spivak put into admitting Clein into JCRS. The letter is signed "M. Lichtenstein" at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 April 12

Letter from M. Lipschitz to JCRS, 1911 February 4

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0155.00005
Overview Typed letter from M. Lipschitz to C.D. Spivak. Lipschitz tells Spivak that D. Diamond was supposed to leave for Denver in October, but chose to stay on the east coast; however, his health has become worse every day. Lipschitz states that Diamond finally chose to leave for Denver and asks Spivak to try to admit Diamond. Also, if Diamond is feeling well enough he asks Spivak to help Diamond find some work so that he is able to make a living. Lipschitz states that Diamond is an honest working man...
Dates: 1911 February 4