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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 Chas Lipshutz to C.D. Spivak, 1911 January 28

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0150.00002
Abstract Typed letter from C. Lipshutz to C.D. Spivak. Lipschutz wrote to introduce Jacob Dayner to C.D. Spivak. Lipschutz also stated that Dayner left for Denver on his own accord and asked Spivak to try his best to assist with Dayner’s medical needs.
Dates: 1911 January 28

Letter from D.J. Zinner to C.D. Spivak, 1911 April 14

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0030.00002
Abstract Letter from D.J. Zinner, Supreme Secretary of the Order Knights of Joseph U.S. Supreme Lodge to C.D. Spivak. Zinner wrote on behalf of Louis Twersky, a member of the Bronenberg Lodge #40 in Philadelphia. Zinner tells Spivak that Twersky is in great need of medical attention and Zinner would consider Spivak’s help a favor.
Dates: 1911 April 14

Letter from Dr. M. Collins to C.D. Spivak, 1910 August 9

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0025.00008
Abstract Typed letter from Dr. M. Collins of The National Jewish Hospital in Denver to C.D. Spivak. Collins acknowledges that Rabbi Wolsey and the Cleveland Council of Jewish Women of Cleveland put in a request to transfer Gutnick to JCRS. Collins tells Spivak that Gutnick has been at the hospital for one year, which is well over the limit the hospital keeps any patient. Collins asks Spivak if he can admit Gutnick to JCRS as fast as possible.
Dates: 1910 August 9

Letter from Dr. P.A. Siegelstein to C.D. Spivak, 1910 June 6

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0167.00004
Abstract Handwritten letter from Dr. P.A. Siegelstein to C.D. Spivak. Siegelstein asks Spivak to do his best to admit Max Cooper to JCRS as soon as possible. Siegelstein explains that Cooper is a poor young man that he has known for years. He tells Spivak that New York City cannot help Cooper’s case. Siegelstein also includes a postscript asking Spivak to convey his complements to Rabbi Kauvar whose acquaintance he had the pleasure to make.
Dates: 1910 June 6

Letter from E. Dexter of the Ladies Montefiore Aid Society to C.D. Spivak, 1908 August 19

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0149.00016
Abstract Handwritten letter from the Ladies Montefiore Aid Society to C.D. Spivak. The society wrote on behalf of Isidor Schwartz’s condition at JCRS and asked Spivak to keep Schwartz as long as needed to fully recover from his tuberculosis. The society also stated that they held a meeting to discuss Schwartz’s condition and hopes that the young man is held at JCRS until he is capable of working and can pay for his own living. L.M.A.S. thanks Spivak for his kindness.
Dates: 1908 August 19

Letter from E. Friedman to C.D. Spivak, 1911 January 2

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0132.00002
Abstract Copy of a prescription note from Dr. Emanuel Friedman to C.D. Spivak. Friedman informs Spivak that Elias Kantor is suffering from hemoptysis and is living in a tent. Kantor's brother was taking care of him, but he was also inflicted with tuberculosis. Friedman asks Spivak if Kantor can be admitted to the sanatorium as an emergency case.
Dates: 1911 January 2

Letter from E.C. Robitshek to C.D. Spivak, 1910 April 26

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0131.00002
Abstract Handwritten letter from Emil C. Robitshek, M.D. to C.D. Spivak. Robitshek asks Spivak to admit Mayer Bozner to JCRS for medical care.
Dates: 1910 April 26

Letter from F. E. Shapiro to C.D. Spivak, 1910 April 27

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0167.00003
Abstract Handwritten letter from Mrs. Florence E. Shapiro to C.D. Spivak. Shapiro wrote to introduce Max Cooper to Spivak whose case came to her from workers of the New York Ladies’ Auxiliary. Shapiro asked Spivak to kindly admit Cooper as a patient to JCRS as soon as possible. She told Spivak that any medical assistance given to Cooper would be a god send for him. Shapiro thanked Spivak and signed the letter, “Florence E. Shapiro, Sec’y” at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 April 27

Letter from F. E. Shapiro to C.D. Spivak, 1910 April 27

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0167.00002
Abstract Handwritten letter from Mrs. Florence E. Shapiro to C.D. Spivak. Shapiro asks Spivak to kindly admit Max Cooper as a patient to JCRS as soon as he can because he is very ill. Shapiro appreciates any kindness shown towards Max from Spivak and signs the letter “Florence E. Shapiro, Sec’y” at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 April 27

Letter from F.E. Shapiro to C.D. Spivak, 1911 January 26

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0146.00002
Abstract Handwritten letter from F.E. Shapiro to C.D. Spivak. Shapiro wrote to tell Spivak that a young man by the name of Harry Soloman went to Denver for a few weeks with the hopes of being admitted to the sanatorium. Shapiro informed Spivak that a member of the New York Ladies Auxiliary brought the case to her attention and the member also has great influence on the number of tickets that could sell for their next event. Shapiro reminded Spivak that it would be in his best interest to admit Soloman...
Dates: 1911 January 26