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Robert W. Korber Collection of British Documents

Identifier: MSS-85-BC

Scope and Content

This collection contains examples of deeds, mortgages, licenses, petitions, conveyances, leases, wills, oaths, and indentures. Most of the material records formal transactions such as marriages, inheritances, land transfers, financial agreements, and legal disputes. Also included is a minute book recording affairs at Combs Manor, 1683-1710.

The documents are on vellum or paper (many of which contain watermarks). A number of documents include wax seals. An example of an English duty stamp is also included.


  • 1565-1853


Language of Materials

English Latin.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Documents may not be photocopied. Limited duplication is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.


Robert W. Korber was born in 1922 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to parents Albert P. and Myrtle Korber. He was the grandson of Jacob Korber, German immigrant and founder of the successful J. Korber and Company of Albuquerque. Robert Korber attended the University of New Mexico and, in 1942, enlisted in the United States Army. Assigned to the 334th Bomber Squadron, 95th Bomb Group, T/Sgt Korber was stationed at Horham Airfield in Suffolk County, England, attached to the base Photographic Section. While in England, Korber amassed this collection of historical documents. Just days before the end of World War II in Europe, Korber joined a B-17G crew for an Operation Chowhound flight to deliver food to the starving inhabitants of Utrecht, Holland. Returning to base after dropping their payload, the plane was hit by a German flak battery and crashed off the coast of England, having the distinction of being the last American bomber downed in the European Theater during World War II. Robert W. Korber is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, in Cambridge, England. After Robert Korber's death, his family donated his collection of British documents to Zimmerman Library in his memory.

Additional Sources:

Morris, Rob, and Ian Hawkins. The Wild Blue Yonder and beyond: The 95th Bomb Group in War and Peace. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, 2012.

Balch, Royce Jane. 1987. Jacob Korber, Early Businessman of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1811-1921.


6 boxes (10.5 cu. ft.)


Consists of a variety of British documents--mostly legal records including deeds, mortgages, land leases, and wills--collected by Robert W. Korber.

Physical Location

Boxes 3-6 are shelved on top of manuscript oversized folder drawers

Related Archival Material

English Lease Indentures Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

Books donated in memory of Robert Korber have been cataloged. See List of Separated Materials after Container List

List of Separated Material

The following books have been cataloged
  • Barnard, Edward. The new, comprehensive and complete history of England: from the earliest period of authentic information to the middle of the year MDCCLXXXIII. London. Printed for the author: and published by Alex. Hogg. 1783?
  • Brewer, Ebenezer Cobham. Authors and their works, with dates; being the three appendices to "The reader's handbook". London. Chatto and Windus, 1884.
  • Carpenter, William. A comprehensive dictionary of English synonyms. 7th ed. Rev. and enl. by Rev. W. Webster... London. William Tegg and co. 1877.
  • Crabb, George. English synonymes explained in Alphabetical order; with copious illustrations drawn from the best writers. London. Printed for Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, and T. Bossey. 1816.
  • Fenelon, Francois de Salignac de la Mothe, abp. Aventures de Telemaque: edition collationnee sur les trois manuscripts connus a Paris; tome premier. Paris. Saintin, Librarie de la cour, 1824.
  • The gentleman's magazine and historical chronicle, volume XIX, for the year 1749. London. Edw. Cave, 1749.
  • The historical register, containing an impartial relation of all transactions, foreign and domestick. With a chronological diary of all the remarkable occurrences, viz. births, marriages, deaths, removals, promotions etc. that happened in this year: together with the characters and parentage of persons deceased, of eminent rank. Vol. XVI 1731. London. Printed and sold by S. Nevill...E. Nutt, R. Gosling, D. Browne, C. King, 1731.
  • Barham, Richard Harris. The Ingoldsby legends; or Mirth and marvels by Thomas Ingoldsby (psued.) carmine ed. (Illus. by J. Leech, George Cruikshank, and Dalton). London. Richard Bentley and son. n.d.
  • Johnson, Samuel. The rambler, in three volumes: Cooke's edition; embellished with superb engravings. (vol. 2 only) London. C. Cooke. n.d.
  • Johnson, Samuel. The rambler; the seventeenth ed. vols. 1,3. London. Printed by G. Woodfall, for F. C. and J. Rivington, G. Wilkie (and others). 1816.
  • Mavor, William. The British nepos: consisting of the lives of illustrious Britons...a new edition... London. Longman, Rees, Orme...1832.
  • Mudie, Robert. The air. London. Thomas Ward and Co. 1835.
  • _____. The earth. London. Thomas Ward and Co. 1837.
  • _____. The heavens. London. Thomas Ward and Co. 1836.
  • _____. The sea. London. Thomas Ward and Co. 1835.
  • The new foundling hospital for wit. Being a collection of several curious pieces in verse and prose. Many of which were never before printed. Written by the Earl of Chesterfield, Earl of Carlisle, Earl of Delawarr (and others). Parts 3-5. London. Printed for J. Almon. 1769-72.
  • Sime, William. History of the Inquisition, from its establishment till the present time...2nd ed., enl. Edinburgh. William Oliphant and son. 1834.
  • Smollett, Tobias George. The adventures of Peregrine Pickle. In which are included, Memoirs of a lady of quality; 4 vols. London. Printed for R. Baldwin...and T. Beckett and T. Cadell. 1779.
  • The spectator; the fifth edition; 8 vols. (vol.5, 1749) London. Printed for J. Tonsan, at Shakespear's-head, over against Katharine street in the Strand. 1720.
  • Sterne, Laurence. The works of Laurence Sterne; containing The life and opinions of Tristram Shandy, gent., a sentimental journey through France and Italy, sermons, letters, etc.; with a life of the author, written by himself. London. Henry G. Bohn. 1865.
  • Thesaurus geographicus. A new body of geography: or, A compleat description of the earth... London. Printed for Abel Swall and Tim. Child. 1695.
  • Thomas, Rev. The knowledge and practice of Christianity made easy to the meanest capacities; or, an essay towards an instruction for the Indians...20th ed. London. Printed for F. C. and J. Rivington Booksellers and the Society for promoting Christian knowledge. 1815.

Processing Information

The collection was rehoused in August 2013; the original numbering of the collection was maintained. In March 2019, the contents list was revised to reflect the rehousing; the finding guide was also revised for content at this time.
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131