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Doris Corbett Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2010-08

Collection Scope

The bulk of the collection consists of Ms. Corbett’s research of Ellen Scripps Booth and Nellie Beveridge Gray. Of particular note are the transcripts of the oral histories performed by Ms. Corbett of Ms. Gray between 1984 and 1989. Ms. Gray provides insight into both Cranbrook and the Booth family in the last years of George and Ellen Booth’s lives.

Dates

  • Circa 1873-1989

Creator

Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Use

Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing.

History

Doris Corbett was born on October 22, 1938 in Conception Harbour, Newfoundland, Canada. She traveled to the United States at an early age, where she pursued her passion for education. She received her Bachelor’s degree in literature and education at St. Mary’s College, Indiana, her Master’s degrees in Asian Studies and History from the University of Hawaii and Eastern Michigan University, and an ABD in History from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She taught throughout the United States, as well as Canada to students of all ages.

While pursuing her doctorate in history, Ms. Corbett’s research brought her to Cranbrook to study the Arts & Crafts movement, Ellen Scripps Booth, and Nellie Beveridge Gray. Her focus turned to Ms. Gray, who was employed as a nurse and companion to Ellen and George Booth from 1935 to 1949, and later went on to achieve success in the art world. Ms. Corbett performed several oral histories with Ms. Gray from 1984 to 1989.

Throughout the 1960s and 1980s, Ms. Corbett was a well-known singer and composer of ballads. She performed across the Unites States and Canada. After a long battle with illness, she passed away on May 22, 1998.

Extent

1.2 Linear Feet (3 MS)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Doris Corbett was a history professor and well-known singer and ballad composer, teaching and performing throughout the United States and Canada. While pursuing her doctorate in history, Ms. Corbett’s research brought her to Cranbrook to study the Arts & Crafts movement, Ellen Scripps Booth, and Nellie Beveridge Gray. The bulk of the collection consists of Ms. Corbett’s research of Ellen Scripps Booth and Nellie Beveridge Gray. Of particular note are the transcripts of the oral histories performed by Ms. Corbett of Ms. Gray. Ms. Gray provides insight into both Cranbrook and the Booth family in the last years of George and Ellen Booth’s lives.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by record type.

Additional Access

An index to the collection is available.

Acquisition

Collection was donated to the archives by Ms. Corbett’s cousin, Marie Corbett, in August 2010.

Related Materials

George Gough Booth Papers (1981-01) Ellen Scripps Booth (1981-03) Cranbrook Archives Oral History AV Collection (1990-XX)

Separated Materials

Audio cassette tapes have been transferred to the Oral History AV Collection. A CD of folk music in remembrance of Ms. Corbett has been removed to the Audio Recording Collection.

Processing History

Processed by Robbie Terman, 2010.
Title
Guide to the Doris Corbett Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Robbie Terman
Date
2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Edition statement
Resource record created by Laura MacNewman.

Repository Details

Part of the Cranbrook Archives, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research Repository

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