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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 72 Collections and/or Records:

Letter from J. Levitt to C.D. Spivak, 1912 March 8

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0036.00017
Overview Handwritten letter from Jennie Levitt to C.D. Spivak. Levitt asks Spivak to forward all of her late son’s personal belongings to her nephew, Jacob Levine. Levitt thanks Spivak.
Dates: 1912 March 8

Letter from JCRS to A. Kaplan, 1919 January 24

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0114.00014
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to Mrs. A. Kaplan. Spivak tells her that Sam Brody was a patient at JCRS and died on December 18, 1910. He also tells her that an expired insurance policy was found with his belongings. He continues to say that his sister, Matle Brother was named as a beneficiary on the policy and that she resided in Russia at the time the policy was made. Spivak tells her that he is happy to provide more information if requested.
Dates: 1919 January 24

Letter from M. Hoffman to C.D. Spivak , 1911 August 27

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0099.00023
Overview Handwritten letter from Morris Hoffman to C.D. Spivak. Hoffman donates the $6.00 in cash that was left from his late son. Hoffman asks Spivak to give his cousin, Cohen the watch for now. Hoffman also tells Spivak that he will not make any use with the glasses. Hoffman thanks JCRS for the trouble they went through to send his son’s body to New York. He finishes the letter by asking Spivak to send a duplicate copy of the death certificate. He is willing to send money for the expenses of the...
Dates: 1911 August 27

Letter from M. Kalisky to C.D. Spivak, 1910 April 28

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0110.00027
Overview Typed letter from M. Kalisky to C.D. Spivak on behalf of Abraham Goodman. Mr. Goodman requested that all gold rings left from his late wife, Jennie Goodman be sent to him from JCRS. The letter is signed "Miriam Kalisky" at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 April 28

Letter from M. Kalisky to C.D. Spivak, 1910 May 12

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0110.00031
Overview Typed letter from M. Kalisky to C.D. Spivak. She is acknowledged that she received the gold ring. She also asked Spivak to send her anything else that was left in the boarding house because her husband, Abraham Goodman asked for her personal belongings.
Dates: 1910 May 12

Letter from Mrs. D. Slotnick to JCRS, 1910 October

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0135.00018
Overview Handwritten letter from Mrs. D. Slotnick to C.D. Spivak. She tells Spivak that he can donate all of her late husband’s belongings to the Isidore Hurwitz Club. She also requested that her husband’s death certificate be sent to her so that she can collect a few dollars. Slotnick thanks Spivak and signs the letter with her name and address in New York.
Dates: 1910 October

Letter from N.P. Levin to C.D. Spivak, 1910 April 14

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0110.00013
Overview Handwritten letter from N.P. Levin to C.D. Spivak regarding the death of Jennie Goodman. The letter states that she died at 12:30PM. Levin also mentions that one gold ring and some cash was left with Goodman at the time of her death.
Dates: 1910 April 14

Letter from N.P. Levin to C.D. Spivak, 1910 June 15

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0143.00006
Overview Handwritten note from Dr. N.P. Levin to C.D. Spivak informing him that Nathan Leib died that day at 7a.m. Levin mentions that Leib did not leave any valuables at the time of his death.
Dates: 1910 June 15

Note , 1912 July 25

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0148.00032
Overview Note regarding the ninety cents left behind from Hyman Daily after his death. The ninety cents was donated to the JCRS Treasurer and recorded in the G.B. of Life on page 1853.
Dates: 1912 July 25

Note from JCRS, 1910 May 19

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0133.00006
Overview Handwritten note regarding Mrs. Jennie Goldberg’s personal belongings. The beginning of the note states Mrs. Brilliant and her address. Spivak mentions that Brilliant phoned to tell him that Goldberg sent her a letter saying that she sent her belongings to her and wishes Brilliant to let her know at the sanatorium when she received the goods. There is a separate section of the note with an update. The update reads that Brilliant received no goods from Goldberg and she does not know anything of...
Dates: 1910 May 19