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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 130 Collections and/or Records:

Copy of Letter E. Sher to C.D. Spivak, 1911 April 28

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0009.00010
Abstract Copy of letter from Esther Sher to Dr. Charles Spivak asking JCRS to convince Joseph Winkler to send his son to treatment.
Dates: 1911 April 28

Copy of Letter from A.B. Lewin to C.D. Spivak, 1908

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0012.00005
Abstract Copy of typed letter from A.B. Lewin to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, stating that enclosed find: certificate of identity of Mr. Alex Vendig who died at the Sanitorium on June 28th, 1909, nine reports #1342-1350, and three applications of Emergency cases. Lewin states that out of all of those who are to leave the Sanitorium, only Mr. R. Hoffenberg said that he definitely goes on Sunday July 18th, the rest want to see him, C.D. Spivak. He states that he is awaiting Spivak's instructions on...
Dates: 1908

Envelope, 1909 January 12

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0037.00002
Abstract Envelope addressed from Mrs. B. Davis in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Dr. C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado.
Dates: 1909 January 12

Jake Finkelstein's Application for Admittance to JCRS, 1910 July 8-1911 August 17

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0008.00001
Abstract JCRS application filled out by hand in ink for Jake Finkelstein. Information on the form includes his age, birth place, occupation, marital status, previous hospital stays, nearest relatives, and signed by Joseph Greenfield. At the bottom of the page, under "Recommendation" are two names both of which are illegible. The back of a form, "Report of Medical Examiner" informs that the examination took place on July 9, 1910 and reports that the patient suffers from advanced stage of tuberculosis and...
Dates: 1910 July 8-1911 August 17

Letter from A. Ashinsky to C.D. Spivak, 1911 June 27

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0009.00033
Abstract Handwritten letter from Rabbi Aaron Ashinsky to Dr. Charles Spivak, writing on behalf of Fannie Winkler, and requesting the return of the $45 she sent. Letter is signed and dated.
Dates: 1911 June 27

Letter from A.B. Lewin to C.D. Spivak, 1909 July 15

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0080.00013
Abstract Handwritten letter in ink from A.B. Lewin in Edgewater, Colorado, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, stating that enclosed was a death certificate, nine reports of cases 1342-1350, and three applications for admitted emergency cases. Lewin is waiting for Spivak's instructions on when patients should be sent to see him, what hours and days are open. In regards to Mrs. Sam Yablonsky of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Lewin is planning on sujecting him to a rigid cross-examination. Letter is signed in...
Dates: 1909 July 15

Letter from A.B. Shepard to C.D. Spivak, 1909 July 31

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0080.00007
Abstract Handwritten letter in ink from A.B. Shepard in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, stating that Sam Yablonsky was under his care from April to June 1909. Shepard sent Yablonsky to some local hospitals in Pittsburg, where they decided on a singular diagnosis of tuberculosis. Letter is signed in ink "AB Shepard."
Dates: 1909 July 31

Letter from B. Horvitz to C.D. Spivak , 1909 November 17

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0025.00014
Abstract Typed letter on New York Life Insurance Company stationary from B. Horvitz addressed to Dr. C. D. Spivak stating that "the holder of this letter is the same one that I appealed to you in his behalf sometime ago." Horvitz asks Spivak to "try and do your best to get him in the hospital" and, if unable to immediately admit him, to "kindly take care of him until you can arrange to take him there." Letter is signed, in Ink "B. Horvitz."
Dates: 1909 November 17

Letter from Barnet Sedler to C.D. Spivak, 1908 August 7

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0025.00003
Abstract Typed two-page letter on Sedler's Clothing House letterhead from Barnet Sedler in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado. Sedler states that he has Spivak's reply of August 4th to hand and contents read. He thanks him very much for his kindness in replying promptly to his letter in question of Louis Goldstein, which explains every detail satisfactory. Sedler asks Spivak to pardon him if he finds his letter, which he was compelled to write him again on Aug. 5th regarding...
Dates: 1908 August 7

Letter from Barnet Sedler to C.D. Spivak, 1908 July 24

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0025.00005
Abstract Typed three-page letter on Sedler's Clothing House letterhead from Barnet Sedler in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado. Sedler states that Spivak's letter of July 21st, informing him that his nephew, Louis Goldstein, has been admitted to his Sanitarium on the 17th, which he thanks him very much, as he hopes it may benefit him a great deal, or at least it will relieve him of some suffering, especially it will shelter him from the streets. Selder states that he suppose...
Dates: 1908 July 24