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 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
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 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 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 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, 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 Handwritten letter in black ink on Pittsburg House of Shelter letterhead from Mrs. H.B. Ferguson in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to Dr. C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado states that Mrs. H.B. Ferguson was informed of Mr. Goldenson's death and that she knows everything possible was done to save him. As a personal favor, she requests that C.D. Spivak to please have the body embalmed and shipped to Mr. Goldenson in Pittsburg and guarantees all expenses will be covered. Apologizes for any personal...
Dates: 1909 April 27
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