Armstead Corbin Jr., 54, an employee of the National Archives for more than 35 years and a member of the Naval reserves who was a veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict, died of cancer Wednesday in Leland Memorial Hospital in Riverdale.

Mr. Corbin was a native and resident of Washington. He attended Cardozo High School before enlisting in the Navy during World War II. He served in the Pacific during the war and was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict.

He had worked for the National Archives since the mid-1940s and was an archive specialist at the National Records Center in Suitland at the time of his death.

He was secretary of the Naval Enlisted Reserve Association in the late 1970s, and the reserves at the time of his death.

Mr. Corbin was a member of Brown Memorial AME Zion Church in Washington.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline, of Oxon Hill; two sons, Michael, also of Oxon Hill, and Steven of Upper Marlboro; a daughter, Susan Corbin of Dayton, Ohio; his mother, Aletha Corbin Kager of College Park; two brothers, Bernard, of Pemberton, N.J., and Richard Kager of College Park, and three grandchildren.