Guide to the Gordon L. Corbett papers, 1941-1945 | MC116

Summary Information

Repository
Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Creator
Corbett, Gordon L. (Gordon Leroy), 1920-
Title
Gordon L. Corbett papers
ID
MC116
Date
1939-1948
Extent
1.0 linear foot
Language
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.

Preferred Citation

Gordon L. Corbett papers, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

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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.

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.

Organization and Arrangement

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

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine, 04240
207-786-6354
muskie@bates.edu

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.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Material received from Carolyn Corbett Greene in 2010 and from Patricia Corbett in 2012. Accession No.: 2010-174, 2012-53.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--History
  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--Students

Personal Name(s)

  • Antunes, George E. Jr.
  • Corbett, Gordon L., 1920--

Subject(s)

  • World War, 1939-1945

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Collection Inventory

 MC116/01 Correspondence 1939-1948   

Scope and Content Note

Series primarily consists of several letters written by Gordon Corbett to his mother while a student at Bates and shortly before he enters the Army Air Corps; also includes letters written to Corbett by childhood friend and Bates classmate, George E. Antunes Jr. '43, while he is at the Naval Training Station in Newport, RI. Antunes' letters detail various aspects of the Navy including boot camp, yeoman school and social life.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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 MC116/02 Lloyd Fisher newsletters 1943-1945   

Scope and Content Note

Series is comprised of newsletters sent by Bates geology professor, Lloyd Fisher, to Bates students serving in the armed forces during World War II. Letters include details of Bates events as well as excerpts of letters sent to Dr. Fisher from Bates servicemen.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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 MC116/03 Other papers 1941-1942   

Scope and Content Note

Series contains several publications and other material opposing the war and the lease-lend bill; material from the Bates Registrar's Office and several photographs of Gordon Corbett and George E. Antunes Jr.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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