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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 116 Collections and/or Records:

Dr. Charles Spivak and Jennie Charsky in Philadelphia, 1892 September

Identifier: B250.01.0003.00001
Scope and Contents From the Collection: The collection materials include biographical information on Dr. Charles and Jennie Spivak, a family tree chart, a Yiddish dictionary written by Dr. C. D. Spivak and Soloman Bloomgarden (Yehoash), correspondence and articles written by Charles Spivak. The collection also includes memorials to Charles Spivak, including the special memorial issue of the JCRS publication, "The Sanatorium." The collection also contains art by H. David Spivak, son of Charles and Jennie Spivak, including an oil...
Dates: 1892 September

Gabriel Cohen's Application for Admittance to JCRS, 1908 July 13

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0022.00001
Abstract Application for admittance to JCRS filled out by hand in ink for Gabriel Cohen. Information on the form includes his age, birth place, occupation, residence, marital status, children's ages, nearest relatives, and signed by Gabriel Cohen. The back of the form has section entitled "Report of Medical Examiner," which is blank. The middle section of the back is a form filled out by hand in ink. It reads "Application No. 840 Case No. 568, Application of, Gabriel Cohen, Received July 13, 1908,...
Dates: 1908 July 13

Letter from A.A. Cohen to C.D. Spivak, 1908 September 21

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0054.00012
Abstract Typed letter from A.A. Cohen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, corresponding about admitting Joseph Robinowitz into the JCRS. Robinowitz has been in contact with Cohen, pleading to get recommendation and for Cohen to help Robinowitz get immediately placed into the Sanatorium since he is running out of money and his conditions have gotten worse. Cohen is requesting for Spivak to respond if the JCRS received his funds. Cohen is a big supporter of the JCRS and will...
Dates: 1908 September 21

Letter from A.A. Cohen to C.D. Spivak, 1909 February 26

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0054.00003
Abstract Typed letter from A.A. Cohen in PHiladelphia, Pennsylvania, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, requesting for Spivak to send one of the Solicitors of the Denver JCRS to help create a permament JCRS Branch in Pennsylvania. Cohen writes that he has been very busy with his business and would like some help with starting a new JCRS branch. Cohen requests at the bottom for an update on Joseph Robinowitz's conditions and to send "2 or 3 of the latest issue of your official organ". Letter is signed...
Dates: 1909 February 26

Letter from A.J. Margolin to C.D. Spivak, 1909 May 8

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0055.00012
Abstract Handwritten letter in black ink from A.J. Margolin in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado informs that the bearer of the letter is Mr. Wolf Sifrim and is a friend of a good acquaintance of Margolin. Informs that Sifrim is sick and hopes to be admitted to a hospital and requests that Spivak do what he can for Sifrim. Letter is signed in black ink by A.J. Margolin.
Dates: 1909 May 8

Letter from C D Spivak to Esther Shotz and Rose Pogach, 1919 February 20

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0177.00014
Abstract Typed letter from Dr. Charles Spivak to Mrs. Esther Shotz and her daughter, Mrs. Rose Pogach where he writes that he has received their letter with the enclosed twelve (12) dollar check for their contribution towards the support of JCRS. There is mention from Dr. Spivak that although Mrs. Shotz and Mrs. Pogach mention being yearly contributors to JCRS through a Representative, he does not have receipt or record of such contributions and would like to "trace this matter." He writes there is a...
Dates: 1919 February 20

Letter from C. Lipshutz to C.D. Spivak, 1909 December 06

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0041.00003
Abstract Handwritten letter in pen with Denver Consumptive Aid Association letterhead from Charles Lipshutz to Dr. Charles Spivak, in which he recommends David Melnicoff. Letter is signed by Chas. Lipshutz.
Dates: 1909 December 06

Letter from C.D. Spivak to A. Weitzenfeld, 1909 August 31

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0063.00008
Abstract Typed letter from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, to Mr. A. Weitzenfeld in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, stating that Sam Silverman has been accepted to admit into the JCRS Sanatorium. Letter is unsigned but "Secretary" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1909 August 31

Letter from C.D. Spivak to A.J. Margolin, 1909 October 16

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0055.00011
Abstract Typed letter from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado to A.J. Margolin in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania informs that Mr. Wolf Sifrim, in whom Margolin is interested, has been invited to enter the JCRS Sanatorium to regain his health. Letter is unsigned but "Secretary" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1909 October 16

Letter from C.D. Spivak to Anna Levinson, 1915 June 4

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0059.00033
Abstract Typed letter from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado to Mrs. Anna Levinson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania informs that the trustees of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society have decided to erect a monument on the grave of Mrs. Levinson's sister, Catherine Queen, who died at the Sanatorium in 1911. Spivak requests Mrs. Levinson send a letter with Mrs. Queen's date of birth and her Jewish name if possible. Letter is unsigned but "Secretary" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1915 June 4