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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:

Letter to [N.] Lehrman from Dr. Spivak, 1908 October 24

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0082.00028
Overview Typed letter to Mr. M. Lehrman [sic] secretary of the Philadelphia Roumanian American Lodge #249 I.O.B.A. from Dr. Spivak dated October 24th, 1908. The letter informs Lehrman that Sam Millman, a member of the lodge, "was admitted [to the JCRS Sanatorium] on the 14th inst. as an emergency case." The letter is not signed but Secretary is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1908 October 24

Letter to Nathan Lehrman from Dr. Spivak, 1907 September 26

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0082.00008
Overview Typed letter to Nathan Lehrman from Dr. Spivak dated September 26, 1907. In the letter Spivak informs Lehrman that Sam Millman had been accepted as a patient into the Sanatorium.
Dates: 1907 September 26

Letter to S. S. Garson from Dr. Spivak, 1908 November 20

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0100.00013
Overview Typed letter to "Mr. S. S. Garson" in Denver from Dr. Spivak dated "Nov. 20, 1908" [sic]. The letter asks Garson to take in Alex Nasberg [Nasborg] for lodging, and that Nasborg is contacting his friends in Philadelphia to help him pay. Spivak says that if Nasborg fails to pay, he will cover the room and board costs. The letter is not signed but Secretary is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1908 November 20

Philadelphia, 1890-2008

Identifier: B250.01.0001.0003
Overview Photographs and copies of photographs of the home where Spivaks lived in Philadelphia, copies of correspondence, and article on Michael Valentine Ball.
Dates: 1890-2008

Receipt for Telegram, 1909 January 6

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0077.00017
Overview Receipt, handwritten in black ink, from Postal Telegraph-Cable Company to C.D Spivak in Denver, Colorado, informs that the tolls of the telegram from January 6 to Mrs. Sophie Wasserstein, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania were not paid by the recipient because "she refused payment." Requests that 75 cents be paid to the bearer and signed "Postal Telegraph [illegible]."
Dates: 1909 January 6

Spivak Family Papers and Art

Identifier: B250
Overview Dr. Charles Spivak was born in Russia in 1861 and died in Denver, Colorado in 1927. He arrived in New York City in 1882 and graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1893, Charles Spivak married Jennie Charsky. Because of Jennie's poor health the Spivaks moved to Denver in 1896. Dr. Spivak was a co-founder of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society (JCRS) and was the executive secretary from 1904 until 1927. Hayem David Spivak, son of Dr. Charles and Jennie...
Dates: 1861-2010

Telegram from C.D. Spivak to H. Levy, 1910 September 12

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0048.00005
Overview Telegram from Dr. Charles Spivak to Mr. H. Levy informing him that his brother-in-law, Harry Cinicove was suddenly stricken with meningities, admitted as an emergency case, and passed away on September 11, 1910. Burial instructions are requested. Telegram is dated.
Dates: 1910 September 12

Telegram from C.D Spivak to Sophie Wasserstein, 1909 January 6

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0077.00018
Overview Postal Telegraph Commercial Cables telegram from C.D Spivak in Denver, Colorado to Sophie Wasserstein in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania informs that Simon Wasserstein passed away the morning of January 6, 1909. Requests burial instructions wired to C.D Spivak. Typed signature at the bottom reads "C D Spivak Secy."
Dates: 1909 January 6

Telegram from Mrs. Cinicove to C.D. Spivak, 1910 September 12

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0048.00006
Overview Telegram from Mrs. Cinicove to Dr. Charles Spivak requesting that the body of Harry Cinicove be shipped to Philadelphia at once. Telegram is dated.
Dates: 1910 September 12

Telegram to M. Millman from Dr. Spivak, 1908 November 30

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0082.00026
Overview Typed telegram to Mr. M. Millman in Philadelphia, PA from Dr. Spivak in Denver, CO with a templated heading that reads, "POSTAL TELEGRAPH COMMERCIAL CABLES CLARENCE H. MACKAY...NIGHT TELEGRAM" dated November 30, 1908. The telegram states, "Sam Millman passed away. Wire burial instructions." The letter is not signed but Dr. C. D. Spivak is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1908 November 30