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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:

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

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0077.00015
Overview Western Union Telegraph Company telegram from Sophie Wasserstein in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to C.D Spivak in Denver, Colorado. Telegram states "Jewish Consumptives Sanitarium burial on place" and requests that send confirmation of death.
Dates: 1909 January 6

Yiddish Letter, unknown

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0085.00006
Overview Four page Yiddish letter with English components reading, "Gottlieb 943...on the Southwark National Bank of Phila....C.D.Spivak...Mrs. L. Gottlieb. 762 South Broad St. Philadelphia Pa." The date, producer, and recipient are unknown.
Dates: unknown

Yiddish letter from L. Becker to C.D. Spivak, 1908 December 5

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0043.00003
Overview Handwritten letter in ink in Yiddish and interpreted by archivist. Printed letterhead states "Arbeiter Ring, Branch 81, of Philadelphia, L. Becker, Sec'y, 503 Tasker Street, Philadelphia 5 December 1908". Middle section of letter is in Yiddish and written in ink. The letter is signed by "L Becker, 733 Jackson ". Bottom right corner, in pencil added later, states "Mr L. Look up ask t."
Dates: 1908 December 5

Yiddish letter from L. Becker to C.D. Spivak, 1908 November 22

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0043.00005
Overview Handwritten Yiddish letter in ink from L. Becker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado. Printed letterhead in English states "Arbeiter Ring, Branch 81, of Philadelphia, L. Becker, Sec'y, 503 Tasker Street, Philadelphia 22 November 1908". There are three seperate pencil markings, top right corner [illegable], top left corner [illegable], and at the bottom. The bottom markings read "Dr. Gelien was physician on the date of his death" and "C. #606".
Dates: 1908 November 22

Yiddish Letter from R. Frankel to C.D. Spivak, 1908 November 08

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0111.00015
Overview Handwritten Yiddish letter in ink from Rebecca Frankel to Dr. Spivak. It reads in pencil "wife of patient Leo Frankel."
Dates: 1908 November 08

Yiddish letter from Sophie Wasserstein to Dr. Spivak, 2/23/1909, 1909 February 23

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0077.00004
Overview Handwritten yiddish letter in pencil, archivist interpreted the letter is from Sophie Wasserstein in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Dr. C. D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado. Letter is dated February 23, 1909 and begins "Dear Sir" followed by yiddish text, signed by Sophie Wasserstein.
Dates: 1909 February 23