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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 H. Masliansky to C.D. Spivak, 1910 December 1

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0122.00002
Overview Typed letter from H. Masliansky to C.D. Spivak. Masliansky introduces David Smarodin to C.D. Spivak and explains that Smarodin was examined by one of JCRS’ physicians. Masliansky tells Spivak that Smarodin was advised to go to Denver and he has enough money to last for four weeks in Denver. Masliansky trusts that Smarodin will be admitted soon because of his health condition.
Dates: 1910 December 1

Letter from H. Masliansky to C.D. Spivak, 1910 October 7

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0128.00003
Overview Typed letter from H. Masliansky to C.D. Spivak. Masliansky tells Spivak that Irving Sirkes is prepared to stay in Denver for six weeks while he waits to be admitted to JCRS. Masliansky trusts that Spivak will admit him before that time.
Dates: 1910 October 7

Letter from H. Rosenberg to C.D. Spivak, 1911 March 13

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0153.00003
Overview Handwritten letter from H. Rosenberg of the Jewish Infant Orphan’s Home to C.D. Spivak. Rosenberg informs Spivak that Mr. Breitenberg left for Denver from his own expenses, not from the society’s funds. Rosenberg tells Spivak that Breitenberg is a member of the Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Lodge #37 I.O.B.A. and the society also sent a letter to Spivak. Rosenberg states he is the Treasurer of the lodge and wishes Spivak luck with his noble work.
Dates: 1911 March 13

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

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0156.00019
Overview Typed letter from H. Schwatt to C.D. Spivak asking him to advise the Admission and Dismission Committee about the extension for the following patients: Miss Winograd, Mrs. Zaretzky, Mr. Blauweis, Mr. Rosner, and Mr. Hurwitz. The patients are supposed to leave the sanatorium on May 1st, 1911. The letter is signed, “H. Schwatt Superintendent” at the bottom.
Dates: 1911 April 17

Letter from H. Schwatt to C.D. Spivak , 1910 July 10

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0170.00003
Overview Handwritten letter from H. Schwatt to C.D. Spivak. Schwatt informs Spivak that he told Mr. D. Weinstein to complete an application form at the JCRS office. Schwatt also tells Spivak that he would take the matter up with him on behalf of the union Mr. Weinstein works for. The letter is signed, “H. Schwatt” on the bottom.
Dates: 1910 July 10

Letter from H. Shapiro to C.D. Spivak , 1910 April 18

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0133.00005
Overview Handwritten letter from Mrs. Harry Shapiro to C.D. Spivak. Shapiro states that the bearer of this letter is Mrs. Jennie Goldberg and her daughter, whose case was brought to her attention through an able worker. She asks Spivak to admit the Goldbergs very soon. She finishes the letter by saying that Spivak undoubtedly knows about this case because she has written to him before.
Dates: 1910 April 18

Letter from H.B. Ferguson to C.D. Spivak, 1910 November 22

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0112.00002
Overview Hand written letter from Mrs. H.B. Ferguson to C.D. Spivak. Ferguson introduces Jacob Mallinger as a young man who is sick and in search for better health in Denver. Mrs. Ferguson asks Spivak if he can admit Mallinger as soon as possible.
Dates: 1910 November 22

Letter from H.B. Lieberman to C.D. Spivak, 1910 June 20

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0168.00005
Overview Handwritten letter from H.B. Lieberman to C.D. Spivak. Lieberman wrote to introduce Mrs. S. Gordon and her daughter, Miss Rosa Gordon. Lieberman explained that both women are members of a highly respectable family, as well as members of the Jewish community in Houston, Texas. Lieberman informed Spivak that the community is interested in the welfare of Rosa Gordon’s case and hoped that Spivak would extend to her some courtesy. Lieberman finished the letter by telling Spivak that he hopes to do...
Dates: 1910 June 20

Letter from H.I. Jacobs to C.D. Spivak, 1911 October 5

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0165.00003
Overview Handwritten letter from H.I. Jacobs to C.D. Spivak. Jacobs introduces Mr. Schkolnick to Spivak and tells him that he is a worthy case for the sanatorium. Jacobs also tells Spivak that $100.00 has been collected for his case. He asks Spivak to take an interest in Schkolnick’s case.
Dates: 1911 October 5

Letter from I. Alpert to C.D. Spivak, 1908 September 24

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0118.00002
Overview Handwritten letter from Isaac Alpert to C.D. Spivak. Alpert introduces J. Kopelowitz and hopes that Spivak can admit him as soon as possible because doctors have told Kopelowitz to get care for his tuberculosis in Denver.
Dates: 1908 September 24