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Gordon L. Corbett papers

 Collection
Identifier: MC116

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence, newsletters and other papers of Gordon L. Corbett '43. His letters describe his student days at Bates just prior to his entry into the Army Air Corps during World War II. Letters to him from his classmate, George E. Antunes Jr.'43 detail Atunes's experiences in the Navy including boot camp, yeoman school, and social life as well as recollections from his student days at Bates. Other correspondence includes letters from Janette McCaw, Bates class of 1941, his pastor, Rev. Ralph Bertholf, as well as several other friends. Also included are newsletters sent by Bates geology professor Lloyd Fisher to Bates students serving in the armed forces during World War II. Other papers include Bates-related material from the Registrar's Office; college bills and receipts including scholarships and financial aid information; photographs and publications opposing the war; and the lease-land bill.

Dates

  • 1939-1948

Creator

Access Restrictions

Access to one folder is restricted.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Historical Note

Gordon Leroy Corbett was born in Wakefield, MA in 1920. He entered Bates College in the fall of 1939 as a member of the class of 1943 but entered the service before finishing his senior year. He served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II and spent time in Egypt, India and China. Corbett was awarded his diploma from Bates in 1945. After the war he attended Yale Divinity School graduating in 1948. Rev. Corbett served Baptist and Presbyterian churches in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Indiana, and New York and held executive offices in the Presbyterian church in Kentucky and Alaska. He worked with refugees from the Hungarian Revolution and helped create the Appalachian Regional Hospital System. Rev. Corbett was interested in photography and genealogy and wrote a family history. He passed away on Oct. 23, 2010.

Extent

1 linear_foot

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection contains correspondence, newsletters and other papers of Gordon L. Corbett '43. The material details student life and events at Bates and the experiences of Bates students serving in the armed forces during World War II.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is organized into three series: I. Correspondence; II. Lloyd Fisher newsletters; III. Other papers.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Material received from Carolyn Corbett Greene in 2010 and from Patricia Corbett in 2012. Accession No.: 2010-174, 2012-53.
Title
Guide to the Gordon L. Corbett papers, 1941-1945
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Elaine Ardia
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Description is in: English
Edition statement
©2012

Repository Details

Part of the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library Repository

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