The Corbin Manuscript Collection is composed of historical and genealogical material pertaining to central and western Massachusetts for the 200-year period 1650-1850. Most of the material is unpublished, consisting of local history manuscripts, state and county records, military and vital records, town clerks’ books, cemetery inscriptions, church records, family Bible entries, charts and photographs. Ninety-seven Massachusetts villages and towns are represented, as well as eleven others scattered among the states of Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Iowa and Ohio. The collection’s genealogy section includes research on more than 300 families.
A group of NEHGS members bought the collection in 1964 from the estate of Walter F. Corbin (1885-1960). Mr. Corbin and his wife Lottie were both professional genealogists and NEHGS members since 1934. Their combined efforts produced a valuable library of genealogical and historical source material which is available to todays researcher. The original physical arrangement has been kept nearly intact, some occasional awkwardness notwithstanding, and is preserved in storage units in the NEHGS safe. The collection’s sixty linear feet is catalogued and microfilmed. A full review of the Corbin Collection appears in the April 1985 Register.