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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 J. Nusbaury to C.D.Spivak, 1911 February 11

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0126.00005
Overview Handwritten letter from J. Nusbaury of the Perseverance Lodge # 26 I.O.O.F. to JCRS. The lodge thanks JCRS for admitting S. Grafman to the sanatorium.
Dates: 1911 February 11

Letter from J.I. Schwartz to C.D. Spivak, 1910 May 13

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0115.00013
Overview Typed letter from Jos. I. Schwartz to C.D. Spivak thanking him for admitting Abraham Gershonowitz into JCRS.
Dates: 1910 May 13

Letter from J.L. Lane to C.D. Spivak, 1911 September 18

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0146.00025
Overview Thank you letter from J.L. Lane to C.D. Spivak. Lane thanks Spivak for taking an interest in Schwartz’s case.
Dates: 1911 September 18

Letter from L. Daily to C.D. Spivak, 1910 August 6

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0148.00017
Overview Letter from L. Daily to C.D. Spivak. Daily expresses his thanks to Spivak for admitting his brother to the sanatorium. Daily hopes that his brother will recover under the care of JCRS. Daily also offers Spivak a copy of his article “Talmud and Tuberculosis” that he wrote because that is all he can afford to give. Daily says that his brother wrote to him and told him that he is already starting to feel better.
Dates: 1910 August 6

Letter from L. Gutnick to C.D. Spivak, 1910 October 17

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0025.00035
Overview Handwritten letter on paper from the Isidore Hurwitz Library. The letter is from L. Gutnick and addressed to C.D. Spivak. Gutnick thanks Spivak for everything he has done for him and for giving him a home. Gutnick also tells Spivak that he got a job that he is very satisfied with and earns $14.00 a week. Gutnick asks Spivak if he can grant him permission to room and board somewhere in town that is closer to his new job because it is difficult for him to travel to the sanatorium after a hard day...
Dates: 1910 October 17

Letter from L. J. Delson to C.D. Spivak, 1911 October 23

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0153.00006
Overview Typed letter from Louis J. Delson to C.D. Spivak. Delson tells Spivak that he is happy to learn that Fanny Reeder was admitted to the sanatorium. Delson tells Spivak that he is only a little sad because there are so many people sick with consumption in Chicago who are unable to receive an invitation to JCRS. Delson also comments that the United States has such a vast area with favorable climate to benefit those suffering from tuberculosis, but it is a shame that the government will not fund...
Dates: 1911 October 23

Letter from L. Kaplan to C.D. Spivak, 1911 February 8

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0131.00007
Overview Handwritten letter from L. Kaplan to C.D. Spivak. Kaplan thanks Spivak for admitting his son, Abraham Kaplan to the sanatorium. Kaplan hopes that his son’s health will improve.
Dates: 1911 February 8

Letter from L. Quint to C.D. Spivak, 1910 December 26

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0098.00010
Overview Letter from L. Quint to C.D. Spivak. Quint thanks Spivak for the $3.50 Spivak enclosed in a previous letter. Quint tells Spivak that he is very grateful for the kindness and trouble Spivak has gone through for Quint. There is a postscript regarding St. Luke’s Hospital.
Dates: 1910 December 26

Letter from L. Quint to Mr. Yarros, 1910 December 30

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0098.00011
Overview Handwritten letter from L. Quint to Mr. Yarros. Quint thanks Yarros for bringing his case to Dr. C.D. Spivak’s attention. He also thanks him for the kind treatment he has received from JCRS. He wishes JCRS a Happy New Year.
Dates: 1910 December 30

Letter from L. Sanders to C.D. Spivak, 1911 February 10

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0151.00007
Overview Typed letter from Leon Sanders of the I.O.B.A. to C.D. Spivak. Sanders thanks Spivak for the prompt attention he gave to Mrs. Zaritzky’s case.
Dates: 1911 February 10