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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:761 1865-1880 C789

Henry Winslow Corbett papers

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials created by four separate businesses, all of which Henry Winslow Corbett had an ownership interest in. The four separate businesses represented by the Corbett papers include three merchant businesses and one transportation operation.

Materials are similar for all four enterprises and consist of bills, receipts, claims, invoices, and accounts current. There is a small amount of correspondence that relates to financial transactions such as orders and payments. Merchandise ordered consisted of iron and steel hardware materials for all types of work to be conducted including cutlery, pulleys, axes, locks, nails, screws, harnesses, and shovels.


  • 1865-1880


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact for more information regarding access procedures.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Biographical / Historical

Henry Winslow Corbett was born in Westboro, Massachusetts in 1827. He ventured to Portland, Oregon in 1851 and established the merchant business, H.W. Corbett & Company in the fledging town. In 1871, H.W. Corbett & Company merged with Failings & Hatt, a company originally founded by Josiah Failings and John A. Hatt and became Corbett, Failings & Company (upon the death of Josiah Failings in 1864, his son, Henry Failings took control of the Failings interest in the business). Corbett was also very interested in transportation, especially railroads and stage coach lines. In 1865, Corbett founded the Oregon Stage Company a company that transported passengers and mail from Portland to San Francisco. Corbett was elected as Oregon’s United States Senator, a position he held from 1867-1873. Corbett died in 1903.

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Processed: By: Ben Johnson
Link to catalog
Corbett, Henry Winslow, 1827-1903. Henry Winslow Corbett Papers, 1865-1880: A Finding Aid
Baker Library
October 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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