Henry W. Corbett's records (1851-1870) consist of one daybook, a ledger, a letter book,
correspondence and many receipts. Corbett, Failing Co. records include correspondence
(1871-1898), 11 steamship invoice books and scattered records of the Oregon Iron Co., the
Oregon & Calif. Stage Co. and several other mercantile ventures.
Prominent wholesale hardware firm created (1871) after a merger between two Pacific
Northwest businessmen, Henry W. Corbett & Henry Failing. Corbett also served one term as
U.S. Senator from Oregon (1867-1873). Many of their goods were shipped by clipper ships
and other transportation systems under their control.