Gordon L. Corbett papers
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.
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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.
Language of Materials
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.
- Guide to the Gordon L. Corbett papers, 1941-1945
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- Elaine Ardia
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