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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 26 Collections and/or Records:

Letter from C.D. Spivak to E. Friedman, 1910 November 21

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0109.00003
Overview Letter from C.D. Spivak to Dr. E. Friedman. Spivak asks Friedman to send him a report of Housman's condition after Friedman examined him.
Dates: 1910 November 21

Letter from C.D. Spivak to H. Schwatt, 1911 February 9

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0156.00003
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to H. Schwatt. Spivak asks Schwatt to admit Nathan Cohen as an emergency case and to discharge him as soon as his symptoms are over. Spivak tells Schwatt that E. Friedman wrote a note saying Cohen had been bleeding for the last few days. Mr. Shapiro has also seen the patient and claims that Cohen is in bad condition and should be admitted as an emergency case. Spivak includes a postscript asking Schwatt to kindly send his application with the slip from Friedman.
Dates: 1911 February 9

Letter from C.D. Spivak to N.P. Levin, 1910 May 16

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0143.00003
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to N.P. Levin asking him to admit Nathan Leib as an emergency patient. Spivak tells Levin that he received a note from Dr. E. Friedman which stated that Leib had a hemorrhage and was not receiving any attention at this boarding house. Spivak signs the letter “Secretary” at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 May 16

Letter from E. Friedman to C.D. Spivak, 1911 January 2

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0132.00002
Overview Copy of a prescription note from Dr. Emanuel Friedman to C.D. Spivak. Friedman informs Spivak that Elias Kantor is suffering from hemoptysis and is living in a tent. Kantor's brother was taking care of him, but he was also inflicted with tuberculosis. Friedman asks Spivak if Kantor can be admitted to the sanatorium as an emergency case.
Dates: 1911 January 2

Letter from M. Sahud to C.D. Spivak, 1910 September 29

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0142.00007
Overview Letter from Dr. M. Sahud to C.D. Spivak. Sahud begins the letter by telling Spivak that the enclosed letter will help Spivak understand why he is writing to him. He also tells Spivak that he is sending a blank prescription note with his signature. He asks Spivak to fill out the note and give it Anna Hornstein. He tells Spivak that they should satisfy Hornstein’s request because this may be the last wish from the woman. He signs the letter, “M. Sahud” at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 September 29

Letter from P. Hillkowitz to C.D. Spivak, 1908

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0119.00010
Overview Handwritten letter from Dr. P. Hillkowitz to C.D. Spivak. Hillkowitz informs Spivak that he does not think Yudelowitz has tuberculosis because there was no t.b. found in his sputum sample. Hillkowitz thinks Yudelowitz may be suffering from bronchitis and tells Spivak to get into contact with Yudelowitz at the sanatorium.
Dates: 1908

Note from Dr. R.L. Charles to C.D. Spivak, 1910 April

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0111.00004
Overview Handwritten note from Dr. Robert L. Charles to C.D. Spivak recommending that Robertz is admitted into the sanatorium as soon as possible.
Dates: 1910 April

Prescription from E. Friedman, 1910 April

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0110.00010
Overview Letter written on a piece of prescription paper from Dr. Emanuel Friedman to C.D. Spivak. The note states that Jennie Goodman's condition is getting worse and she is helpless and poor. He advises that Goodman is in urgent need of care from the sanatorium.
Dates: 1910 April

Prescription from E. Friedman , 1910

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0132.00005
Overview Handwritten prescription note from Dr. E. Friedman to Mr. Shapiro. Friedman is informing him that he re-examined Louis Metowsky and found that his left lung has tuberculosis. He asks Shapiro if Metowsky can be admitted into the sanatorium.
Dates: 1910

Prescription from E. Friedman to C.D. Spivak, 1910 April

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0121.00002
Overview Handwritten prescription from Dr. E. Friedman to C.D. Spivak. The note states Sarah Diamond has a pulmonary hemorrhage and her left lung is infected. Friedman thinks Sarah Diamond is in need of treatment from the sanatorium.
Dates: 1910 April