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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 from Harry Gaiger to C.D. Spivak, 1905 October 30

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0107.00012
Overview Handwritten letter in ink from Harry Gaiger in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, stating that he is one of the origanizer's of the Denver Consumption Aid Association of Philadelphia. Gaiger is requesting to know how Ruben Krasnopolsky is getting along and if he is possibly cured. Gaiger states that one of the tents at the Sanatorium will be named on account of his Aid Association. Letter is signed in ink "Harry Gaiger."
Dates: 1905 October 30

Letter from Henry Dintenfass to C.D. Spivak, 1909 May 7

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0055.00013
Overview Handwritten letter in black ink from Dr. Henry Dintenfass in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado informs that a patient of Dintenfass, Wolf Sifrim, is now applying for admission to JCRS and is ill with pulmonary tuberculosis. Informs that in the last year Sifrim has had several hemorrhagic attacks and in the hope that Sifrim might improve he has left his family in Philadelphia and is "practically penniless." Dintenfass requests that if it is possible, Spivak should...
Dates: 1909 May 7

Letter from J. Klein to C.D. Spivak, 1907 November 6

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0139.00009
Overview Typed letter from the grand secretary of the U.S. Grand Lodge Independent Order Sons of Jacob, Joseph Klein to C.D. Spivak. Klein tells Spivak that he delayed answering his previous letter because he wanted to meet with the executive board before responding. Klein regrets to inform Spivak that Scheiderman was suspended from Pennsylvania Lodge #2 for the “non-payment of his dues and assessments.” Klein informs Spivak that Schneiderman also joined another lodge and refers Spivak to Mr. N.B....
Dates: 1907 November 6

Letter from Rosie Cohen to Dr. C.D. Spivak, 1907 October 12

Identifier: B002.01.0099.0003.00021
Overview Letter from Rosa (Rosie) Cohen to Dr. C.D. Spivak, dated October 12, 1907 with a Received date of Oct. 16, 1907. States she received the telegram of her husband's, Louis Cohen, death and she would like a "sworn to before a Notary" death certificate including the hour and time of death. Also, states she will forward a check if sent a bill for the expenses of her late husband's funeral and burial. Letter is signed, Rosie Cohen.
Dates: 1907 October 12

Letter from S. Bristol to C.D. Spivak, 1910 April 25

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0076.00009
Overview Handwritten letter in ink from Sarah Bristol to Dr. Charles Spivak, in which she thanks him for admitting Benjamin Bristol, her son, to the sanatorium. Letter is signed by Sarah Bristol.
Dates: 1910 April 25

Letter from S.F. Levin to C.D. Spivak, 1911 May 20

Identifier: B002.0103.0035.00014
Overview Handwritten letter in ink by Samuel F. Levin, M.D., 910 North 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA, to Dr. Charles Spivak, in which he asks about the condition of his sister. Letter is signed S.F. Levin.
Dates: 1911 May 20

Letter from W. Bristol to C.D. Spivak, 1910 May 06

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0076.00010
Overview Handwritten letter from William Bristol do Dr. Charles Spivak, in which he thanks him for admitting his brother, Benjamin Bristol, to the sanatorium, and also states his brother does not answer any letters. Letter is signed by Wm. Bristol.
Dates: 1910 May 06

Letter in Yiddish from Sophie Wasserstein to C.D Spivak, 1909 January 31

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0077.00009
Overview Handwritten Yiddish letter from Sophie Wasserstein in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Dr. C.D Spivak in Denver, Colorado consisting of two pages. At the top of the page, handwritten in pencil "1" and on the top of the second page handwritten in pencil "2", signed in English Mrs. Sophie Wasserstein, line drawn underneath signature. Underneath the pencil line written in pencil in English is the name Mr. Barnet Rubin, "413 s [illegible] street, Philadelphia, PA."
Dates: 1909 January 31

Letter to A. Goldbacher from Dr. Spivak, 1908 October 29

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0080.00008
Overview Typed letter to "Mr. Ad. Goldbacher, Sec'y., Aurora Lodge #465 I.O.O.F." in Philadelphia, PA from Dr. Spivak dated October 29th, 1908. The letter informs Goldbacher that Morris Wishney has been invited to join the JCRS Sanatorium for his health and well-being. The letter is not signed but Secretary is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1908 October 29

Letter to A. Nasburg [Nasborg] from C. Lipshutz, 1908 November 19

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0100.00011
Overview Typed letter in purple ink to "Mr. Nasburg, 1471 Knox Court, Denver, Col" from C. Lipshutz on a black-typed letterhead that states "Denver Cosumptive [Consumptive] Aid Association OF PHILADELPHIA [illegible Hebrew]" dated "November 19, 1908" [sic]. The letter informs A. Nasborg that there is a ten-dollar check attached to the letter and that said check should be taken to "the office of Dr. C. D. Spiwak [Spivak]" so that it may be cashed. The letter is signed Chas Lipshutz and President is typed...
Dates: 1908 November 19