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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 P.A. Siegelstein to C.D. Spivak, 1911 February 4

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0155.00006
Overview Letter from P.A. Siegelstein to C.D. Spivak. Siegelstein tells Spivak that Mr. David Diamond is being sent from the Roumanian Hebrew Aid Association to Denver to get medical help for his white plague. He appeals to Spivak for his help making sure Diamond can get admission to JCRS in Denver. Siegelstein also acknowledges that Spivak encounters difficulties maintaining the sanatorium, as well as handling the demands from a great number of applicants for admission to JCRS. Although Siegelstein...
Dates: 1911 February 4

Letter from P.A. Siegelstein to C.D. Spivak, 1910 October 10

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0085.00002
Overview Handwritten letter from members of the Roumanian Hebrew Aid Association of New York to C.D. Spivak. Siegelstein introduces Mr. Frank Hirschensohn who is a poor young man who has contracted tuberculosis. Siegelstein tells Spivak that they want to try to save Hirschenson’s life so they have sent him to Denver with the hopes that he will receive treatment from JCRS. Siegelstein asks Spivak to put every effort into admitting Hirschensohn.
Dates: 1910 October 10

Letter from P.S. Kaplan to C.D. Spivak, 1911 October 4

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0165.00002
Overview Handwritten letter from Paul S. Kaplan to C.D. Spivak. Kaplan tells Spivak that Mr. Schkolnick is leaving for Denver on his own account and hopes that Spivak will do what he can for Schkolnick.
Dates: 1911 October 4

Letter from S. Berkowitz to C.D. Spivak, 1910 June 30

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0162.00005
Overview Handwritten letter from Sam Berkowitz to C.D. Spivak regarding his brother, Herman Berkowitz’s admission to JCRS. Berkowitz asks Spivak to admit his brother as soon as he can because he has been examined in Denver and confirmed a sick man. He is also a stranger in a new city. Berkowitz reminds Spivak that he and his brother are members of the sanatorium and it would be a great benefit to JCRS if Herman Berkowitz were admitted soon. He also asks Spivak to write to him soon regarding the...
Dates: 1910 June 30

Letter from S. Bloomgarden to C.D. Spivak, 1911 February 27

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0023.00002
Overview Handwritten letter from Sol Bloomgarden to C.D. Spivak. Bloomgarden informs Spivak that an intelligent young man who is a dentist in Brooklyn has been ill with tuberculosis for about a year and half. Bloomgarden asks Spivak to help this patient in Denver because he does not know anyone in Denver. Bloomgarden admits that he knows the waitlist for admission to JCRS is extensive, but asks Spivak to do what he can for this case.
Dates: 1911 February 27

Letter from S. Dorf to C.D. Spivak, 1911 October 9

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0171.00004
Overview Typed letter from Samuel Dorf to C.D. Spivak. Dorf is the current grand master of the I.O.B.A. lodge and he wrote on behalf of the ex-grand master, Max Stern. Dorf tells Spivak that he is writing the application for Max Schaeffer who wants to be admitted to the sanatorium. Dorf also tells Spivak that he intended to write a long letter to him last month, but since Leonard Leisersohn passed away he has been very busy. Dorf asks Spivak to provide Schaeffer with as much treatment as he can in the...
Dates: 1911 October 9

Letter from S. Dorf to C.D. Spivak, 1911 September 18

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0167.00003
Overview Typed letter with O.B.A. New York letterhead from Samuel Dorf to Dr. Spivak, recommending Bailie Siegel to be admitted to the sanatorium. Letter is signed by Samuel Dorf.
Dates: 1911 September 18

Letter from S. Rabinovitch to C.D. Spivak, 1911 February 7

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0157.00003
Overview Handwritten letter from S. Rabinovitch to C.D. Spivak. Rabinovitch hopes that Spivak admitted Lester Strull to JCRS after he telegraphed him yesterday about the case. He also informs Spivak that he may learn about Strull’s history from Mr. Grosser if he wishes to. Rabinovitch also tells Spivak that it would be a great pity if Strull were sent back to Wisconsin because the only place that will give him care is the county hospital and he will likely die from starvation and tuberculosis there. He...
Dates: 1911 February 7

Letter from the Directors of Rochester, New York to C.D. Spivak , 1910 December 15

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0103.00006
Overview Typed letter from the JCRS national directors in Rochester, New York to C.D. Spivak. They asked Spivak if he could admit Mr. Hirschberg to the sanatorium. They tell Spivak that Hirschberg already made an application in person and his condition is poor. The directors tell Spivak that there is little hope for Hirschberg’s recovery without the aid from the sanatorium. They thanked Spivak in advance.
Dates: 1910 December 15

Letter from the National Directors of Rochester, N.Y. to C.D. Spivak, 1911 April 3

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0026.00002
Overview Letter from the National Directed of JCRS from Rochester N.Y. to C.D. Spivak. The letter introduces Mr. Abraham Kovalsky who is sick with tuberculosis. The directors ask Spivak if he can admit Kovalsky to JCRS and thanks him for his attention to the matter.
Dates: 1911 April 3