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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 129 Collections and/or Records:

Letter from H. Schwatt to C.D. Spivak, 1911 October 11

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0114.00021
Overview Letter from H. Schwatt to C.D. Spivak. Schwatt recommended Mr. Glazer for discharge on November 15, 1911.
Dates: 1911 October 11

Letter from I. Greenberg to C.D. Spivak, 1908 April 3

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0150.00019
Overview Letter from I. Greenberg to C.D. Spivak. Greenberg thanks Spivak for extending his stay at the sanatorium until May 1, 1908.
Dates: 1908 April 3

Letter from J.B. Fish to C.D. Spivak , 1909 March 25

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0095.00011
Overview Letter from J.B. Fish to C.D. Spivak. Fish tells Spivak that Mr. Leibovitch has been discharged because he fought with Mr. Nagler in the dining room. Fish tells Spivak about Leibovitch’s health condition and the fact that he was kept to his bed a few weeks prior. Fish tells Spivak that both Nagler and Leibovitch made the nurse blush the other day and the men have gotten into quarrels before this incident. Fish also says to Spivak that he allowed the men to remain at the sanatorium a few more...
Dates: 1909 March 25

Letter from L.E. Schlechter to C.D. Spivak, 1911 August 2

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0088.00016
Overview Typed letter from L.E. Schlechter of the United Jewish Educational and Charitable Associations of St. Louis to C.D. Spivak. Schlechter tells Spivak that Mr. Freed and Mr. Cooper applied to his organization for assistance after they were discharged from the sanatorium. Schlechter also tells Spivak that both of the men claimed they were sent to JCRS from New York, but they do not know the name of the society that sent them to Denver. Schlechter recognizes that both of the men are not in a good...
Dates: 1911 August 2

Letter from M. Marshak to C.D. Spivak, 1916 August 26

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0146.00046
Overview Letter from M. Marshak to C.D. Spivak. Marshak tells Spivak that he recommends Schwartz for discharge because she has been a nuisance to the other patients and nurses.
Dates: 1916 August 26

Letter from M. Marshak to C.D. Spivak, 1916 September 4

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0146.00049
Overview Letter from M. Marshak to C.D. Spivak. Marshak tells Spivak that Schwartz was discharged from the sanatorium after being there for five years. Marshak continues to say that Schwartz is in a far advanced stage of tuberculosis and highly neurotic. Her symptoms occurred from her hysteria. Marshak states that Schwartz’s conduct was also very poor and disturbing at the sanatorium.
Dates: 1916 September 4

Letter from N.P. Levin to C.D. Spivak, 1910 May 13

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0036.00018
Overview Handwritten letter from Dr. N.P. Levin to C.D. Spivak. Levin tells Spivak that he was forced to discharge Abe Billen from the sanatorium. Levin explains that in spite of their morning rounds, Billen was repeatedly breaking the rules and had otherwise misbehaved himself shamefully.
Dates: 1910 May 13

Letter from S. Rabinovitch to C.D Spivak , 1911 August 21

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0157.00011
Overview Typed letter from S. Rabinovitch to C.D. Spivak. Rabinovitch was informed that Lester Strull’s stay at the sanatorium was supposed to expire on September 1st, 1911. Rabinovitch asked Spivak to help Strull become “self-supporting” and to try to secure some kind of position for him. Rabinovitch was quite sure that Spivak had found Strull to be a deserving man. He hoped to hear from Spivak soon and signed the letter, “Samuel Rabinovitch, Supt.” at the bottom.
Dates: 1911 August 21

Note, 1912 April 24

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0037.00023
Overview Small note recorded by C.D. Spivak. The note states, “Mr. H. Aaronson’s name was not on the list for patients ‘to be discharged.’”
Dates: 1912 April 24