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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 3637 Collections and/or Records:

Telegraph from the Jewish Aid Society to C.D. Spivak, 1910 April 16

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0110.00020
Overview Telegraph from the Jewish Aid Society to C.D. Spivak. They said that they will be responsible for the expense to ship Jennie Goodman's body to Chicago. They also said that they will refer Spivak to Alfred Muller or Dr. Collins of the National Hospital. They then requested that Spivak continues to wire them, rather than Abraham Goodman.
Dates: 1910 April 16

Telegraph from the Jewish Aid Society to C.D. Spivak, 1910 April 17

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0110.00023
Overview Telegraph from the Jewish Aid Society to C.D. Spivak asking him if he shipped Jennie Goodman's remains. They instruct him to wire Anna Bader at her address immediately.
Dates: 1910 April 17

Two Notes Responding to C. Lipshutz's Letter, 1909 December 16

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0121.00009
Overview Two notes that address C. Lipshutz’s letter regarding a check-up from Mrs. Perlman. The first note is handwritten and states the I. Perlman has been in his second stage of tuberculosis for a short time, but he is doing fairly well. The second note states that JCRS does not have anyone by the name of “Pine Perlman” but there is someone named Ike Perlman from Philadelphia and who was recommended by Chas Lipshutz. The note also states Perlman entered the sanatorium ten days ago.
Dates: 1909 December 16

Yiddish Letter, 1912 March 06

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0094.00048
Overview Handwritten letter with Isidore Hurwitz Library letterhead, entirely in Yiddish. Letter is unsigned but from the previous envelope it's possible to infer it was from Nettie Kahn to Dr. Spivak.
Dates: 1912 March 06

Yiddish letter from J.B. Horwitz to C.D. Spivak, 1910 August 01

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0036.00005
Overview Handwritten Yiddish letter in ink to Dr. Charles Spivak. It has a Rabbi J.B. Horwitz stamp at the end, and notes in pencil reads "Akorish, Phil Marganlaude, H. Horsch, Mr. Samson, J. Coddon, Sam Bernstein"
Dates: 1910 August 01

Yiddish Letter from R. Frankel to C.D. Spivak, 1908 November 08

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0111.00015
Overview Handwritten Yiddish letter in ink from Rebecca Frankel to Dr. Spivak. It reads in pencil "wife of patient Leo Frankel."
Dates: 1908 November 08

Yiddish Letter from S.S. Garson to C.D. Spivak, 1909 December 08

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0038.00003
Overview Four pages handwritten letter in pen from S.S. Garson to Dr. Charles Spivak, 1471 Knox Court, Denver, Colo. Part of the letter is in Yiddish, and part is in English. In English, is written that a woman called Garson sobbing, and Mrs Glick, and ex-patient of the sanatorium begged him to accomodate the lady who called. He also states that the doctor is not doing his fall duty if he is directing them to places where they have no other obligation to the patient than taking their money. He states...
Dates: 1909 December 08