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.
CitationLeḳsiḳon 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:
Overview Typed letter from Mrs. H.B. Ferguson to C.D. Spivak. Ferguson wrote this letter to introduce Mr. Sam Blauweis to Spivak. Ferguson tells Spivak that she hopes Spivak will admit him into the sanatorium as early as possible. She thanks Spivak for his kindness in advance and signs the letter, “Mrs. H.B. Ferguson” at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 June 3
Overview Typed letter from H.B. Ferguson to C.D. Spivak. Ferguson thanks Spivak for notifying her about Sam Blauweis’ prompt admission to JCRS. She tells Spivak that she appreciates his help very much and she will use this information to benefit JCRS. Ferguson then tells Spivak that she received an interesting letter from Sol Rosenbloom, who brought Blauweis’ case to the attention of Philip Hamburger and Moses Oppenheimer, two local millionaires. Ferguson quotes a large portion of the letter that...
Dates: 1910 June 15
Overview Typed letter with United Jewish Relief Association from Mrs. H.B. Ferguson to Dr. Spivak, in which she introducer him to Joseph Gorman. Letter is signed by Mrs. H.B. Ferguson.
Dates: 1910 August 09
Overview Typed, two page letter on Pittsburg House of Shelter letterhead from H.B. Ferguson addressed to Dr. C. D. Spivak, Sec., J.C.R.S., Denver, Colol. in which Mrs. Ferguson discusses Dr. Spivak's previous letter and humorous explination for his delay in answering her previous letters. Mrs. Ferguson expresses her understanding of the difficulties with writing on behalf of someone, stating "I can picture to myself what it must mean to be constantly hounded by a horde of applicants waiting to be...
Dates: 1909 May 11
Overview Typed letter from Mrs. H.B. Ferguson to Dr. C. D. Spivak In which Mrs. Ferguson asks for admittance to JCRS for Bertha Jacobs. Mrs. Ferguson does not know Mrs. Jacobs personally but states that Mrs. Jacobs has been waiting in Denver 3 months. Mrs. Jacobs' uncle, Mr. Tapalofsky asked Mrs. Ferguson to write on her behalf of Mrs. Jacobs. Mrs. Ferguson also mentions that Mr Tapalofsky is the executor of the estate of Mr. Jacob Bernstein, who willed $200.00 to J.C.R.S. Letter is signed Mrs. H.B....
Dates: 1910 February 10
Overview Typed letter from Mrs. H.B. Ferguson in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, requesting information about Abe Levy's health and inner workings of how the JCRS is run. Ferguson states that she has been in contact with Mr. Levy and that he believes he will be discharged soon from the Sanatorium but that he is still in bad health. Mrs. Ferguson would just like some comfirmation from Spivak on how Levy is doing and if there is anything she can do to get him to stay as a...
Dates: 1909 January 21
Overview Handwritten letter in ink from H.B. Ferguson in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to C. D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, requesting that Spivak admits Abe Levy into the Sanatorium and to take care of him. Letter is signed in ink Mrs. H.B. Ferguson.
Dates: 1908 September 21
Overview Typed letter from H.B. Ferguson in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, stating a young man from Pittsburg, Abe Levy, has been sent to Denver to hopefully be admitted as a patient into the JCRS Sanatorium. It states that the money for his stay there has been collected by a Mr. Max Tapolsky. Ferguson understands that the Sanatorium is always filled to its limits, but hopes that when space opens up, Levy will be admitted at once. Letter is signed in ink Mrs. H. B. Ferguson.
Dates: 1908 September 21
Overview Handwritten letter in ink from H.B. Ferguson in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, stating that she is amazed by what news she received about the case of Sam Yablonsky. She states that she has seen a written statement from a physician stating that Yablonsky was suffering from tuberculosis. Ferguson is wondering if the Denver air possibly cured Yablonsky and understands that it would be an injustice for him to take a spot at the JCRS Sanatorium if he is not ill. She...
Dates: 1909 July 29
Overview Handwritten letter in ink from Mrs. H.B. Ferguson in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, introducing him to a man named Sam Yablonsky and hoping that Spivak will be able to help him receive help in Denver from the JCRS Sanatorium. Letter is signed in ink "Mrs. H. B. Ferguson."
Dates: 1909 June 14