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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:

Letter from E. Sher to C.D. Spivak, 1911 April 11

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0009.00007
Overview Typed letter from Esther Sher, assistant superintendent of the United Jewish Relief Association of Pittsburg, to Dr. Charles Spivak, informing him of the situation of Joseph Winkler's family in Pennsylvania. Winkler's wife and two children are relying on Jewish Charities. The oldest son of the family is in need of treatment, but his mother refuses to send him away for treatment, saying that her husband will not allow it. Esther Sher is hopeful that Spivak can persuade Joseph Winkler to convince...
Dates: 1911 April 11

Letter from F. Winkler to C.D. Spivak, 1911 June 19

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0009.00027
Overview Handwritten letter from Fannie Winkler to Dr. Charles Spivak, requesting the $45 she sent back. She also requests that the JCRS send Joe Winkler's watch and chain. She is poor, and the money she sent was borrowed, not hers. She is hoping Spivak will have pity on her. She also requests the location of his grave, so that her children can visit when they are older. Letter is signed and dated.
Dates: 1911 June 19

Letter from F. Winkler to C.D Spivak, 1911 June 26

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0009.00032
Overview Handwritten letter from Fannie Winkler and Dr. Charles Spivak requesting a death certificate for her husband, Joseph Winkler, signed by the attending doctor.
Dates: 1911 June 26

Letter from F. Winkler to C.D. Spivak, 1911 July 15

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0009.00041
Overview Handwritten letter from Fannie Winkler to Dr. Charles Spivak, thanking him for the death certificate and effects of her husband. She is requesting a gold fountain pen and any tools that her husband left at the Sanatorium. Letter is signed and dated.
Dates: 1911 July 15

Letter from F. Winkler to C.D. Spivak, 1911 May 16

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0009.00014
Overview Handwritten letter from Mrs. Fannie Winkler to Dr. Charles Spivak asking him about the condition of her husband, Joseph Winkler. Letter is signed and dated.
Dates: 1911 May 16

Letter from H. B. Ferguson to C.D. Spivak, 1909 August 24

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0123.00005
Overview Typed letter from H.B. Ferguson in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, stating that a young women [Jennie Riesberg] and her husband were leaving for Denver. They will be permanent residents of Denver, hoping to get Jennie Riesberg admitted into the Sanatorium. She is very ill but looks to be a "hopeful case." Enclosed was $3.00 for the new membership fee and that soon he would be sending another check. Letter is signed in ink "Mrs. H. B. Ferguson."
Dates: 1909 August 24

Letter from H. Fainberg to C.D. Spivak, 1911 January 28

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0137.00010
Overview Handwritten letter from Herman Fainberg to Dr. Spivak, to thank him for admitting his son, David Fainberg, to the sanatorium. Letter is signed by H. Fainberg.
Dates: 1911 January 28

Letter from H. Schwatt to C.D. Spivak, 1911 March 31

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0008.00007
Overview Typed letter on JCRS letterhead from H. Schwatt, superintendent of JCRS in Edgewater, Colorado to Dr. C.D. Spivak, secretary of JCRS in Denver, Colorado informs that J. Finkelstein is scheduled to be discharged on April 2 1911. Schwatt informs that Finkelstein has obtained an extension at Schwatt's request for two months. Informs that Finkelstein tells Schwatt that Spivak has communicated with Finkelstein's friends in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania saying that the extension would be until June....
Dates: 1911 March 31

Letter from H.B. Ferguson to C.D. Spivak, 1910 April 10

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0025.00004
Overview Typed letter on Pittsburg House of Shelter letterhead from Mrs. H.B. Ferguson in Pittsburg, Pennsylvia to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado that states a copy of a letter from Harry B. Bernstein is enclosed and requests information in medical language to answer Mr. Bernstein's letter. Letter asks that C.D. Spivak make some effort to help Mr. Bernstein find work, because while there are others with a similar story, he seems to write well and is able. Letter inquires about the condition of a...
Dates: 1910 April 10

Letter from H.B. Ferguson to C.D. Spivak, 1910 June 3

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0150.00004
Overview Typed letter from Mrs. H.B. Ferguson to C.D. Spivak. Ferguson reminds Spivak that time has passed since she troubled Spivak with applications for admission of patients to JCRS. She continues to tell Spivak that a man from Butler, Pa. left for Denver hoping to get admitted into the National Hospital. Ferguson also tells Spivak that the man’s wife and two small children are very worthy and respectable. She then tells Spivak that the family was unaware of the red tape required for admission to...
Dates: 1910 June 3