Morris Corinson was born in Poland. He immigrated to the U.S. and arrived in San Francisco in the 1850s. Morris' son, Jacob, later joined with Arthur H. Sanborn to form the Sanborn and Corinson Civil Engineering and Surveying Company. Following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, the company prepared surveys to help rebuild the city.
Copies of family citizenship papers; bills of sale; stock certificates; a season book from the Panama Pacific International Exposition (1915); and photographs of the Corinson family, buildings in San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake, and of the firm of Sanborn and Corinson surveying San Francisco's ruins.