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Frank J. Corbett Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 48-F-1354

Scope and Contents

The collection includes records from the Office of Urban Affairs, Program in Applied Public Affairs Studies, the School of Social Work, Niagara Frontier Association for Sickle Cell Diseases, African-American Family Gathering Program, and other community or government based organizations, and Panels that addressed African-American concerns and issues both at the University at Buffalo and in the larger Buffalo community.

Includes press clippings, publications, correspondence, course materials, student records, speech transcripts, presentations, conference notes, research notes, department memos, community based organization by-laws, structure, and financial records. There are also University memos, awards, administrative records, and partnership records between various community based organizations and the University at Buffalo School of Social Work and Office of Urban Affairs.


  • 1948-1997
  • Majority of material found within 1970-1989


Terms of Access and Use

The Frank J. Corbett papers are open for research with the following conditions:

This collection is stored off-site. Access to collection requires 3 business days’ notice. Contact University Archives at to schedule an appointment.

This collection has been minimally processed. Privacy protected information (including but not limited to certain educational, medical, financial, criminal, attorney-client, and/or personnel records) may be revealed during use of archival collections, particularly in collections that are unprocessed or have been minimally processed. Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within the archival collections, and further agree not to publish, publicize, or disclose such information to any other party for any purpose if found within the archival collections.


Copyright is held by The State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Frank J. Corbett was a professor and administrator in the School of Social Work and the Office of Urban Affairs. He was heavily involved in several different community based organizations, and was a member of several panels were created to address minority issues and concerns in education, labor relations, and government.

Frank J. Corbett's education included a Bachelor of Arts from Johnson C. Smith University in 1940 and a Master of Arts degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, Illinois in 1948. His work history includes the U.S. Army from 1941-1946 where he attained the rank of Captain, and from 1948-1950 he was the Director of the Randall House in Chicago.

Corbett was the Community Organization Secretary for the Urban League of Flint, Michigan; from 1957-1962 He served as the Executive Director of the Intergroup Council of Bridgeport Connecticut. From 1962-1968 Corbett worked at Community Progress Inc. in New Haven, Connecticut as an area coordinator and later as an Associate Director.

In 1968 he accepted a position as a faculty member at the State University of New York at Buffalo in the School of Social Work. Corbett was a faculty member until 1988 and in his time at UB, served as Director of the Office of Urban Affairs from 1970-1986, Director of the MS degree program in Applied Public Affairs from 1977-1987, and Director of the University at Buffalo Institute for CBO Education and Training from 1982-1986.

During Corbett's time as a faculty member of UB he received several honors from the school and other organizations including: the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service, 1980; the University of Buffalo Foundations’ Outstanding Professional Service Award, 1979; the Outstanding Academic Service Award of the Office of Minority Student Affairs, 1975; and the Buffalo Urban League's Evans-Young Distinguished Humanitarian Award, 1992.


11 Linear Feet (11 Record Cartons)

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The Frank J. Corbett Papers, 1948-1997 include materials relating to the Office of Urban Affairs, Program in Applied Affairs, School of Social Work, and Niagara Frontier Association for Sickle Cell Diseases, African-American Family Gathering Program, and other community based organizations both at the University at Buffalo and in the Buffalo area. The collection includes correspondence, promotional materials, mailings, memos, student papers, course materials, grant applications, program proposals, reports, and meeting minutes.


The Frank J. Corbett Papers, 1948-1997, are arranged by subject into six series, which includes: I. SUNY at Buffalo, II. Office of Urban Affairs, III. Community Based Organizations, IV. Niagara Frontier Association for Sickle Cell Disease, V. Other Professional Work, VI. Published Materials.

Acquisition Information

The Frank J. Corbett Papers, 1948-1997 were gifted to the University Archives by Frank J. Corbett, in November, 1997 as accession 97-xxx.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Minimally processed by Rebecca Cobb, November 2018; finding aid encoded by Rebecca Cobb, November 2018.


Finding Aid for the Frank J. Corbett Papers
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Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Cobb
01 November 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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