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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 14125 Collections and/or Records:

Letter to C.D. Spivak, 1911 June 26

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0075.00027
Overview Letter on Fisher's Orchestra and Band Letterhead to Dr. Charles Spivak, informing him that a check for $9.78 is attached for the balance for the headstone for Mr. Max Hamburger. Information for the stone is provided, and a receipt is requested. Letter is dated, but unsigned.

Letter to C.D. Spivak, 1911 March 6

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0160.00006
Overview Letter from a national director of JCRS to C.D. Spivak. He confirms with Spivak that he received his letter regarding B. Adler's admission as a patient to JCRS. He thanked Spivak for his information and signed the letter.

Letter to C.D. Spivak, 1910 August 16

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0041.00003
Overview 2 pages handwritten letter to Dr. Spivak, that introduces him to Minnie Weinberger, and states some doctors think she has ashtma but a second opinion believes it's tuberculosis. Letter's signature is unreadable, Ignaz Taz.

Letter to C.D. Spivak, 1907 November 13

Identifier: B002.01.0099.0018.00007
Overview Handwritten letter to Dr. Spivak and dated November 13, 1907. The letter is illegible. The document is signed, but the signature is illegible.

Letter to C.D Spivak, 1908 September 19

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0001.00038
Overview Handwritten letter in ink to C.D Spivak in Denver, Colorado, stating the results of Mr. C. Strube's physical evaluation. Letter is unsigned.

Letter to C.D. Spivak, 1907 December 4

Identifier: B002.01.0099.0011.00017
Overview Handwritten letter to Dr. C.D. Spivak from an unknown author and dated Dec. 4, 1907. Letter states instead of $10.40 being found on Leon Schwartzman at his death, $15.40 was found in 5 dollar bills. The letter wishes Dr. Spivak to kindly recieve the $15.40 and mentions two trunks filled with clothing and underwear are awaiting Dr. Spivak's orders. Letter is signed, but signature is illegible (it may be Dr. Fish, but this is only an assumption).

Letter to C.D. Spivak, 1909 June 30

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0040.00003
Overview Handwritten letter in black ink from JCRS letterhead to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado informs that after examining Mrs. Taube Buchspan [Toba Buchspan], the author of the letter has decided that it would be to the best advantage for Toba's health that she remain in Denver as she has a very good chance for recovery and arrest of her illness. Informs that Toba Buchspan's husband is on his way to come to Denver and awaits a response. Letter requests that Spivak respond to B. Buchspan. Letter is...

Letter to C.D. Spivak, 1909 February 18

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0033.00009
Overview Handwritten letter addressed to "Dr. Spewak" [C.D. Spivak] in Denver, Colorado informs that the author of the letter is the cousin of the late Dr. Adolph M. Radin and mentions that Dr. Radin counted Spivak amongst his friends. Author informs that the bearer of this letter, Clara Goldberg, is a friend and was a friend to the late Dr. Radin as well and explains that she is a widow who worked as a nurse in New York. When it was discovered Mrs. Goldberg suffered from "phthisis pulmonum incipiens"...

Letter to C.D. Spivak, 1909 April 6

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0075.00004
Overview Typed letter on Henry Street Settlement (Nurses' Settlement) letterhead from Viola [illegible] in New York, New York to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado. Viola writes to C.D. Spivak because "Miss Wald asks me to tell you that she received your letter in reference to Miss Luria and wishes me to send her thanks." Letter is signed in black in "Viola [illegible], Secretary."

Letter to C.D. Spivak concerning Wolf Rosenberg, 1907 November 9

Identifier: B002.01.0099.0012.00011
Overview Typed letter from an unitentified person and dated Nov. 9, 1907. Letter certifies Mr. Wolf Rosenberg "of Philadelphia" entered the JCRS Sanatorium and is under treatment on Nov. 1st. The letter is not singed.