Finding Aid for the Alfred H. Corbett Papers (Coll. 43)

Summary Information

Repository
National Equal Justice Library
ID
NEJL.043
Title
Alfred H. Corbett Papers
Date
1965-1977, 1993
Creator
Corbett, Alfred
Creator
Legal Services Corporation.
Extent
8.6 linear feet (11 boxes)
Language
English

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Biographical/Historical note

Alfred Hoyt Corbett (1915-2000) was born in Portland, Oregon. He received his B.S. from Harvard University and his LL.B. from Yale University. He was admitted to the Bar in 1940. Out of law school he worked for the firm Koemer, Young, McColloch & Dezendorf. During World War II he served for two years as a sergeant in Mountain Troops (a combat support unit). After the war, Corbett was the first Commissioner of the Portland Housing Authority, and in 1951 he became Assistant General Counsel to the Defense Electrical Power Administration in Washington DC. He received "superior job performance" ratings and "exceptional service awards" within the agency. Corbett was elected Oregon State Representative in 1956, and later State Senator, and served in that capacity until 1965. During that time he was Chairman of the oversight committee having responsibility for the entire budget for the State of Oregon. For OEO/LSP Corbett designed the basic grant procedures that were used by the agency to fund and monitor the legal services programs. In 1967 he became Director of the Operation Division of Community Action Program of the OEO, and in 1968 he became Deputy Associate Director for Program Policy of the CAP. In 1969 he was Director of the Budget & Fiscal Management Division. In his nine years with OEO he served in other pioneering capacities. He worked with Senior Staff and Policy officials in developing policy, as well as evaluating program and coordinating nation-wide programs with various regional offices. AHC played a critical role in the transition from the OEO/LSP to the LSC, and coordinated responses to information requests from transition team members. Corbett was one of the key strategists of the legal services program managed by the LSC. In 1974, Corbett became Chairman of the Project Review Board, his job to review applications for funding and refunding of all (263) LSC funded programs. In 1976, he became Director of Program Planning in the Corporation, where he was critical in developing the minimum access strategy. AHC also helped with developing the annual reports. In July 1977 he announced his retirement, effective in September of the same year.

Alf Corbett was a passionate and talented photographer, and his papers include five unique photo albums capturing legal services scenes from the late 1960s until the mid 1970s. Several of his photographs were also used in the first LSC annual reports.

In 1975, he was nominated by OEO for the National Civil Service League's Career Service Award.

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Scope and Contents note

The Alfred Corbett Papers is arranged in five series: Most of the materials in the first series: Oregon, were collected during Corbett's service as Oregon State Representative and later as State Senator from 1956 until 1965. The second series documents his work with the Office of Economic Opportunity/Legal Services Program (OEO/LSP), and includes reports and evaluations of several Community Action Agencies and planning and budgeting for nation-wide and regional programs. It also includes The National Anti-Poverty Plan: Report of OEO for years 1968-1972, as well as extensive documentation on the transition from the OEO-LSP to the LSC. Transition materials are also part of the third series, which documents Corbett's years working for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). The LSC series contains reports and evaluations as well as drafts and letters concerning financing and project management. There are also records on alternative uses of Investment Income, one a plan to increase the involvement of the private bar, and another raising private money to finance comprehensive plans for persons of "Lower and Middle Income Brackets" and the "Near Poor". The series also includes several copies of Corbett's thesis "The Last Miles...," which contains long range goals above the minimum access level and approaches for the development of those long range goals. Finally, it includes what is likely to be Corbett's achievement, an ABA/LSC Pro-Bono project dated 1979. Both series include handwritten notes, memos, newspaper clippings, and letters. There is a folder about Corbett's retirement.

The fourth series includes five unique photo albums capturing legal services scenes from the late 1960s until the mid 1970s.

The fifth series includes documentation, research, and miscellanous materials.

There exists a vertical file with some background information on The Last Miles.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Georgetown University Law Library

111 G. Street NW
Washington, D.C., 20001
202-662-4043
specl@law.georgetown.edu

Rights

Please contact the NEJL Archivist for information on the copyright situation.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Corbett papers came to the NEJL in several accessions and were donated on behalf of the Corbett family in 1997 and 2012 by Stephen Walters and Joan Corbett Dine.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Legal Services Corporation.
  • Office of Economic Opportunity. Legal Services Program.

Subject(s)

  • Legal assistance to the poor--United States

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Oregon 

Scope and Contents note

This series includes materials on Oregon. Most of the materials were collected during Corbett's service as Oregon State Representative and later as State Senator from 1956 until 1965.

Box

Report on Legal Sanctions of Marijuana, annotated, Portland City Club Bulletin, April 14, 1972 

6

Oregon file, includes organization chart, corr. with Edith Green, and School of Community Service and Public Affairs 

7

AHC applications -1965, incl. CVs 

18

Public Welfare, Senator Corbett, ca. 1961-62 

20

Senator Corbett, photograph, Alfred A. Monner 

Separated Materials note

Housed with AHC photograph collection.

20

Oregon materials, 1950s-1960s 

20

1965 letter by Bush? 

20

Oregon materials, 1963-1968 

20

LC research, defense of felony offenses, 1965 

20

Defense Electric Power Administration 

20

Budgets, tax information on Oregon, 1950s-1960s 

20

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Series 2: OEO Legal Services Program 1965-1975 

Scope and Contents note

Series 1 documents his years with the OEO/LSP, and includes reports and evaluations of several Community Action Agencies and planning and budgeting for nation-wide and regional programs. It also includes The National Anti-Poverty Plan: Report of OEO for years 1968-1972.

Box

Memo to Senior CAP Staff & Regional CAP Managers, re. Program of Technical Support for Community Action - 3/30/66 1966 

1

OEO National Anti-Poverty Plan FY 1968-72 - 6/66 (four folders) 1966-1968 

1

Evaluation of a Community Action Agency, Wichita Kansas - 1960's 

1

Memo re. Evaluation of Full Year Head Start Program - 4/7/67 1967 

1

OEO Financial Planning - 4/67 1967 

1

Letter Wortman to Corbett - 6/14/68 1968 

1

Clipping re. Frank Carlucci and Alan Cranston 

1

Letters from Bettie Roberson to Legal Aid Organizations - 1971-74 1971-1974 

1

Legal Services Reporters, "Making Peace With Poverty" and "Legal Services Under Fire" 3/30/73 1973 

1

OEO Planning - Programming - Budgeting - System - 3/14/67 

Box

OEO 1971 

General note

Includes procedures for handling legal services grants in regional offices, January 1970; Fred Speaker memo: should OLS move to Columbia, MD, Aug. 1971.

6

OLS Reading file, 2-9, 1973 

6

OLS Reading file, 4-12 1972 

6

OLS Reading file, 10-12 1973 

6

Grant administration, 1974 

6

FY 1975 briefing 

7

OLS Guidelines, Canon of Ethics, delegation of authority, 1969-72 

7

OLS 1971-1974, charts etc. 

7

Briefings to McCarty 

7

Nader Suit 

7

Washington State Bar Association 

7

Corbett, distinguished service awards 

General note

This includes some personal files.

7

Transition 

7

OLS back-up book, FY 73, app. Senate 

8

Budget background 73-74 

8

Unlabelled binder (FY 1975) 

8

OLS 1969/70 

General note

From binder, includes materials on Lenzner firing.

9

OLS 1970 

General note

From unlabelled binder, includes materials on Lenzner, Rumsfeld, etc.

9

Accounting codes, OEO manuals, July 1971 and May 1973. 

9

Evaluation of Office of Economic Opportunity Legal Services Program, final report, vol. 1, October 15, 1971. 

9

The Legal Aid Society of St. Louis, A Summary of Some Significant and Interesting Cases in 1969-70; Newsletter, June 15, 1970 

10

NLADA Briefcase July 1972 

10

Statewide Legal Aid Feasibility Study, Committee on Legal Aid, Oregon State Bar, June 1971 

10

Hearing: The Organized Bar: Self Serving or Serving the Public? Feb. 3, 1974 

10

Students Rights Handbook for Dayton, Ohio, 1971 

10

Operation Medicare Alert, OEO, 1965 

10

Harvard Law School Bulletin, vol. 22, no. 3, 1971 (includes symposium on the Black Lawyer in America Today) 

10

Opportunity (OEO Journal), 8-1971-6-1972 (incomplete) 

10

OEO telephone directory, 1972 

11

OEO notices, instructions, memoranda, 1971-74 

12

Economic Opportunity Acts, 1964-1972 

General note

Government docs.

12

Memo: background and amount of OLS short-funding or "snow," 1973 

13

OLS, OEO Indian and Migrant legal services programs, 1970-71. 

13

FY 1973 

13

OLS grants and contracts to or serving the Spanish speaking, 1972 

13

Budget 1973 

13

FY 1974 budget estimates, comp. narrative statement 

13

FY 1974 budget estimates 

13

OLS operating plan, 1973 

14

OEO instructions 1973 

14

OLS budget 1973 

14

OLS budget 1970, includes presentation 

14

Meeting Cornell Cooperative Extension and NYS Office of Community Affairs, Cornell U., Oct. 13, 1970 

14

OLS budget 1971-73 

14

Terry Lenzner, Decentralization of Legal Services, , July 17, 1970 

14

Legal Services, FY, 1972, R&D plan 

14

Your request for projection of financial needs, 1972 

14

OEO-Guidelines for Legal Services CAP programs, 1967? 

14

OLS, Philipps, Arnett, McCarty 

14

FY 1972 

13

OLS Airlie House Conference 1970 

15

Legal Services Notebook, 1967?, p.1 

General note

There is a second copy of the LS notebook in box 17.

16

Legal Services Notebook, 1967? p. 2 

16

Project Review Board, minutes, 1971-1975 

17

Brochure: You Have the Right to a Fair Hearing, 1971? 

18

OEO publications: Law in Action, vol. 2, no. 8 (1969); CAP Rural Opportunities, February 1969 

18

Correspondence 1974-75 

18

Awards 1971 

18

Travel vouchers 1966-1975 (restricted) 

19

Speech materials (1971-74) 

19

OEO Senior Staff Directory 1971; OEO-LSP brochure 1971 

19

AHC personnel file (restricted) 

19

Social Policy, May/June 1970 

19

Sgt. Shrivers Lonely Hearts Club band, date? 

20

Au Revoir, Sarge   Buttons, Au Revoir, Sarge, and For Auld Lang Syne Bert, date -- no date, ca. 1968, before Shrivers departure to Paris?

20

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Series 3: LSC 1974-1979 

Scope and Contents note

The second series relates to Corbett's years in the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). The LSC series contains reports and evaluations as well as drafts and letters concerning financing and project management. There are also records on alternative uses of Investment Income, one a plan to increase the involvement of the private bar, and another raising private money to finance comprehensive plans for persons of "Lower and Middle Income Brackets" and the "Near Poor". The series also includes several copies of Corbett's thesis "The Last Miles...," which contains long range goals above the minimum access level and approaches for the development of those long range goals. Finally, it includes what is likely to be Corbett's achievement, an ABA/LSC Pro-Bono project dated 1979. Both series include handwritten notes, memos, newspaper clippings, and letters. There is a folder about Corbett's retirement.

Box

Handwritten notes, n.d. 

1

Notes on Minimum Access 

1

Note about Navajo Tribal Lawyers. 

1

D.C. Bar Exam 

1

Draft and Notes Concerning Meeting of Project Review Board - 1975 1975 

1

Group Legal Review, National Center for Legal Services - March- April 1975 1975 

1

Letter From Charles Lokey - 4/15/75 

1

Legal Services Projects and Project Directors (A Directory) - 9/75 

1

ABA Journal, "Financing Public Interest Law Practice: The Role of the Organized Bar" - 12/75 1975 

1

Letter, Ehrlich to Program Directors, re. communication between home office and field programs - 12/31/75 1975 

1

NLADA Briefcase with information re. LSC and hand-written notes - 1/76 1976 

1

Field Test Results of Peer Review Quality Assessment of Legal Services, Urban Institute - 2/76 1976 

2

Ehrlich Article in ABA Journal 9/76 1976 

2

Ehrlich, Senate Testimony 5/18/76 

2

LSC News 

2

Ehrlich before the 7th Annual Bar Public Relations Workshop, National Association of Bar Executives - 10/7/76 1976 

2

LSC Employee Health Benefits - Fall 1976 1976 

2

LSC News Clippings - 11/11/76 1976 

2

Articles on Lawyers (Grajales, C. Smith) - November December 1976 1976 

2

Memo, Corbett to Tom & Clint, "Son of Umbrella Chart and Scions of the Future" - 3/1/77 1977 

2

The Last Miles (Draft) - 5/10/77 1977 

2

The Last Miles (Draft) - 5/10/77 1977 

2

Congratulatory Letters upon Corbett's retirement - 1977 1977 

2

Articles about Corbett's Retirement and re. Corbett's nomination for an award - 75/77 1977 

2

Memo, Charles Jones re. Development of the Delivery Systems Study, Analysis and related Data Needs - 10/77 1977 

2

Memo to Ehrlich, "An Alternative Use of Investment Income" - 11/25/77 1977 

2

Draft, Program Management & Evaluation in the LSC: A Recommended Approach, Urban Institute - 12/7/77 1977 

2

Hennigan to Corbett, re. "Momentum on Private Bar Involvement" - 3/3/79 1979 

2

ABA/LSC Pro-Bono Project - Spring 1979 1979 

2

Folder 1 – Memo re: Revision and Substantiation of Migrant Population Estimate 

3

Folder 2 – Budget Requests and Final Revisions to Consolidated Operating Budget 

3

Folder 3 – Memo, Legal Services Corporation: Applicability of Anti-Deficiency Act and Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 1974 

3

Folder 4 – Delivery Systems Study 

3

Folder 5 – Delivery Systems Study 

3

Folder 6 – Delivery Systems Study 

3

Folder 7 – Delivery Systems Study – Evaluation Surveys and Checklists 

3

Folder 8 – Delivery Systems Study – Bet Tzedek Monitoring Materials 

3

Folder 9 – Delivery Systems Study – Legal Services of Nashville Grant Materials 

3

Folder 10 – Delivery Systems Study – Legal Services of Nashville Monitoring Materials & Draft Monitoring Report 

3

Folder 11 – Delivery Systems Study – Legal Services of Nashville Monitoring Materials 

3

Folder 12 – Delivery Systems Study – Legal Services of Nashville Monitoring Materials 

3

Folder 13 – Miscellaneous Correspondence, Flowcharts of Office of Economic Opportunity and a Photograph 

3

Folder 14 – LSC Correspondence with Congress 

3

Folder 15 – Training Materials 

3

Folder 1 – Notepad with note re: delivery systems study 

4

Folder 2 – Expense Report Forms, Receipts, etc. Related to Delivery Systems Study 

4

Folder 3 – Delivery Systems Study – Santa Cruz Community Legal Clinic Monitoring Materials and Report 

4

Folder 4 – Delivery Systems Study – Idaho Prepaid Legal Services Monitoring Materials and Report 

4

Folder 5 – Delivery Systems Study – California Lawyers Service Monitoring Materials and Report 

4

Folder 6 – Transcript of LSC Meeting in Ocala, Florida on 1/10/79 [at Withlacoochee Area Legal Services, Inc.?] 1979 

4

Folder 7 – Historical Materials Relating to Community Legal Aid of Wilmington and a Report on the History of Legal Aid in Delaware 

4

Folder 8 – Historical Materials Relating to Community Legal Aid of Wilmington 

4

Folder 9 - Historical Materials Relating to Community Legal Aid of Wilmington 

4

Folder 10 – Articles on the Legal Services Corporation 

4

Handwritten notes, LSC 1975 

7

FY 74-75-76 budgets and transition 

8

FY 78 

8

LSC notes, July 11, 1978; materials on minimum access, 1977-78 

9

The Last Miles, revised draft, 5-10-1977 

9

Budget request for 1977 

9

Budget request for 1978 

9

By-Laws committee, Oct. 19-20, 1975 

10

LSC Board meeting, Jan. 14-15, 1977 

10

LSC staff retreat, June 26-28, 1977 

10

Brief of the LSC, Amicus Curiae, Regents of the U.C. v. Allan Bakke 438 U.S. 265 

10

The Last Miles, revised draft, 5-10-1977 

11

Day Planner, 1977-78 

11

General conditions governing grants under titles II, III B, and VII of the E.O. Act of 1964, as amended 

General note

Separated from Day Planner 77-78

11

The Significance of Paralegals in the Legal Services Program, 1975 

11

BoD briefing, AHC, , 1975 request, , 1974-75 levels historical 

12

Travel voucher, 1974 

12

Board meeting, Oct. 7-8, 1977 

13

Idaho State Bar, 1977 

LSC outline--monitoring report of individual office, 9/19/78 

Box

LSC, The Last Miles, Ehrlich speech, expansion of access; 1978 evaluation reports 

13

House App. Comm. 1975 

15

LSC Project Profile Study 1977 

15

LSC summary table FY 1977 

15

FY 1976 transition OEO/LSA to LSC 

15

CSA 1976 budget request House 

15

LSC budget 1976/77 p. 1 

16

LSC budget 1976/77 p. 2 

16

Transition book 1975 B-2 

16

Alf Corbett , Materials for Evening Session, July 23, 1976 (Alternative Delivery Study) 

16

Budget 76-77 (unlabelled binder) 

17

LSC News June/July 1976-August 1978 

17

FY 1976 

18

AHC Board meeting, July 6-7, 1977 

18

Transition book, 1974, p. 1-3 

General note

This was one book, which the archivist has split up into three parts.

18

Federal Roles in Lawyer Reform, reprint, 1975 

Box

Misc. correspondence, 1975-77 

19

NLADA Briefcase, 1975 

Separated Materials note

Sep. to NLADA Briefcase collection

19

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Series 4: Photographs 

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Series 5: Research, documentation, miscellanous 

Box

Peace on Earth, International Convocation, Feb. 17-20, 1965 

10

Efficient reading, course notes, 1969 

10

The Art of Efficient Reading, second edition, 1966 

Box

Corbett badge, ABA Nat. Institute, no date 

11

Photography clippings 

20

Various brochures, art, politics, travel, includes playbill for In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer 

20

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