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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 48 Collections and/or Records:

Letter from E.H. Gross to C.D. Spivak , 1911 September 20

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0146.00026
Overview Thank you letter from E.H. Gross to C.D. Spivak. On behalf of the Ladies Montefiore Aid Society, Gross thanks Spivak for admitting Schwartz so quickly. Gross tells Spivak that her society will always be grateful for Spivak and JCRS.
Dates: 1911 September 20

Letter from H. Mallinger to C.D. Spivak, 1911 March 1

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0112.00021
Overview Handwritten letter from H. Mallinger to C.D. Spivak. Mallinger thanks Spivak for admitting his son, Jacob Mallinger to the sanatorium. He ask Spivak how Jacob is getting along.
Dates: 1911 March 1

Letter from H. Quieg to C.D Spivak, 1911 January 7

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0106.00009
Overview Handwritten letter from Secretary Harry Quieg of the Young Men’s Hebrew Association to C.D. Spivak. The association thanks Spivak for admitting Finkelman to JCRS. He hopes that JCRS’ kind efforts result in successes for JCRS.
Dates: 1911 January 7

Letter from H. Roisman to C.D. Spivak, 1910 May 19

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0126.00017
Overview Handwritten letter from H. Roisman to C.D. Spivak. He tells Spivak that he received his letter from May 14th. He also wanted to thank Spivak on behalf of himself and the entire congregation for the kind interest he has in Mr. D. Kirstein.
Dates: 1910 May 19

Letter from H.I. Jacobs to C.D. Spivak , 1910 September 9

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0149.00022
Overview Letter from H.I. Jacobs to C.D. Spivak. Jacobs thanks Spivak for taking care of Mrs. Leitman and the good work that JCRS does. Jacobs also states that his society has accrued over $60.00 to purchase a rail road ticket for Mrs. Leitman’s return home.
Dates: 1910 September 9

Letter from I. Cohen to C.D. Spivak, 1910 October 10

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0024.00008
Overview Handwritten letter from Ida Cohen to C.D. Spivak. Ida asks Spivak if he can write to her about the condition of her husband at JCRS because he does not write to her. She also asks Spivak to tell her husband that his daughter sends her best regards. She thanks Spivak and enclosed a stamp for his reply.
Dates: 1910 October 10

Letter from I. Greenberg to C.D. Spivak, 1908 April 3

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0150.00019
Overview Letter from I. Greenberg to C.D. Spivak. Greenberg thanks Spivak for extending his stay at the sanatorium until May 1, 1908.
Dates: 1908 April 3

Letter from I. Rapaport to C.D. Spivak, 1910 December 17

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0155.00010
Overview Handwritten letter from Mrs. I. Rapaport to C.D. Spivak. Mrs. Rapaport asks Spivak if her son is in such a bad state of health that he is not able to write her back. She tells Spivak that she cares about her son and would like to know his current condition since he is not responding to her letters. She also thanks Spivak for taking care of her son.
Dates: 1910 December 17

Letter from J. Chauss to C.D. Spivak , 1911 March 16

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0152.00010
Overview Handwritten letter from Jacob Chauss to C.D. Spivak. The letter is written in an undetermined language.
Dates: 1911 March 16

Letter from J. Elsner to C.D. Spivak, 1910 June 11

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0143.00027
Overview Typed letter from J. Elsner to C.D. Spivak. Elsner thanks Spivak for admitting Nagler to JCRS. He admits that he was not sure what to do with Nagler, but believed he was the most deserving case for the sanatorium.
Dates: 1910 June 11