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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 42 Collections and/or Records:

Letter from J. Raffalovitz to Dr. C. D. Spivak, 1907 April 10

Identifier: B002.01.0098.0090.00023
Overview Handwritten letter from J. Raffalovitz to Dr. C. D. Spivak, on Ap. 10, 1907. The letter informs Dr. Spivak [illegible]. The letter is signed J. Raffalovitz.
Dates: 1907 April 10

Photograph of Morris Fred

Identifier: B002.01.0097.0136.00030
Overview Photographic postcard, from The Stamp Gallery 221 1/2 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa.
Dates: 1904-1907

Photographs and Ephemera, 1912-1927

Identifier: B250.01.0001.0009
Overview Memorial program and card, copy of family photograph, and two post cards from Worumbo Mills, Lisbon Falls, Maine, where Charles Spivak worked before attending medical school.
Dates: 1912-1927

Postal Card from S.S. Garson to C.D. Spivak, 1910 May 5

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0095.00009
Overview Postcard from S.S. Garson to C.D. Spivak. The address is in English, but the rest of the text on the postcard is in an undetermined language.
Dates: 1910 May 5

Postal Card to Dr. Spivak from R. Kasriel, 1909 June 08

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0103.00011
Overview Handwritten postcard in ink to "Dr. C.D. Spivak...Denver Colo" from R. Kasriel dated "JUN 8 1909" [sic]. Typed on the front of the postcard reads, "POSTAL CARD...THE SPACE BELOW IS FOR THE ADDRESS ONLY;" and, there exists a "UNITED STA[STATES OF AMERICA] 1843 19[illegible] McKINLEY POSTAGE ONE CE [CENT]" printed stamp in the upper right corner [sic]. Written sideways on the postcard reads, "THE SPACE BELOW MAY BE USED FOR CORRESPONDENCE" [sic]. The back of the postcard reads, "Edgewater 8 Juni...
Dates: 1909 June 08

Postal Card to Dr. Spivak from S. S. Garson, 1909 January 26

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0103.00018
Overview Handwritten postcard to "Dr. C. D. Spivak" from S. S. Garson dated "Jan. 26th, 09" [sic]. Printed on the front of the postcard reads, "POSTAL CARD THE SPACE BELOW IS FOR THE ADDRESS ONLY;" and, a stamp that reads, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1843 1901 KcKINLEY POSTAGE ONCE CENT" [sic]. The back of the postcard reads, "1471 Knox ct. Denver, Colo...My dear Doctor Spivak.- Mr. Rubin Kassriel [Kasriel] of St. Louis who left my place today for the Sanatorium, gained about 15 lbs. in 2 months" [sic]....
Dates: 1909 January 26

Postcard, 1911 May 2

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0085.00006
Overview Postcard hadnwritten in ink from Morris Golubow in New York City, New York, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado. The postcard is addressed to Spivak in Englihs. The written portion, letter part, is written in Yiddish from Golubow.
Dates: 1911 May 2

Postcard, 1910 January 27

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0085.00016
Overview Postcard handwritten in ink and Yiddish from Morris Golubow in New York City, New York, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado. The postcard is addressed in English.
Dates: 1910 January 27

Postcard from Abe Rappaport to D.C.d. Spivok [C.D. Spivak], 1909 April 6

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0021.00037
Overview Handwritten postcard in ink from Abe Rappaport, in New York, New York, to D.C.d. Spivok [C.D. Spivak] in Denver, Colorado. Letter thanks him for everything that he does for his father [Samuel Rappaport] and states that if his father wants to see him, he can, when there is a will there is a way. Letter states that he will not butcher Spivak any longer with his writing and is signed Abe Rappaport.
Dates: 1909 April 6

Postcard from Benjamin Samowitz to JCRS, 1906 October 19

Identifier: B002.01.0098.0004.00003
Overview Handwritten post card from Benjamin Samowitz to JCRS detailing his relationship to Mr. Schoen as just a friendship. He also lists his sister, uncle and father in the postcard and provides their addresses as well. The postcard is signed Ben Samowitz.
Dates: 1906 October 19