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Collection TitleCL 53 Helen Booth Sprecher CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByKatie Button
Date Completed:August 2009
Terms:Women and the military; Women's Army Auxiliary Corps; Women's Army Auxiliary; World War, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945-Participation, Female
Historical:Helen Booth Sprecher- Helen Isabel Booth was born October 19, 1913 in Spangler, Pennsylvania.  She attended college at the Pennsylvania State Teachers College at Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania and earned her degree in health and physical education.  She later took additional continuing education courses at the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State.  During World War II, she served in the Women's Army Corps from August 1942 until her discharge in January 1946 at the rank of Captain.  She served with the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in Fort Des Moines, Iowa and Daytona Beach, Florida and with the Army Air Corps in California and the Pacific.  On August 11, 1951 she married James Sprecher of Elmira, New York.  The couple stayed in Elmira where Helen worked for the Elmira City School District.  She continued to serve in the Air Force Reserves. 
Scope:The Helen Booth Sprecher Collection contains official documents relating to Helen's military service from 1942 to 1954; photographs, 1942-1945; personal correspondence, 1942-1944; and documents relating to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, 1992-1995. 
Extent1.5 linear feet
Date Span1942-1995
Abstract

This collection contains material relating to Helen Booth Sprecher's military service during World War II. 



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Application by Helen I. Booth to teach physical education, health or social studies in Indiana Public Schools, circa 1947.Document020401
Helen I. Booth's transcripts from the Pennsylvania State Teachers College and the University of Pittsburgh, 1934.Document020402
Directory of Health Education Graduates, State Teachers College, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, March 1942.Booklet020403
Letter from Adjutant General Edward F. Witsell concerning the commissions of officers who served in World War II, March 26, 1947.Letter020501
Helen I. Booth's Certificate of Commission to the rank of Captain in the United States Army, March 25, 1947. Certificate020502
Departments of the Army and the Air Force Circular no. 183, June 18, 1948. Appointment of female officers in the Regular Army, Air Force and Reserves. Document020503
Letter to the Adjutant General, Department of the Army, from Helen I. Booth, requesting information regarding reserve commission, July 19, 1948.Letter020504
Memo to officers and former officers of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) regarding the integration of women into the Regular Army and Air Force from Generals Omar N. Bradley and Hoyt S. Vandenberg, 1948.Memorandum020505
Memo to all officers and former officers of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) regarding the commission of female officers in the Regular Army and Air Force from Major General Edward F. Witsell, 1948.Memorandum020506
Empty envelopes from the War Department addressed to Helen I. Booth and James Sprecher, 1948.Envelopes020507
Helen I. Booth's application for appointment and statement of preferences for reserve officers, February 24, 1950. Document020508
Letter to Helen I. Booth from Fourth Air Force Headquarters regarding her application for appointment in the Air Force Reserve, March 17, 1950. Letter020509
Letter to Captain Helen I. Booth from Headquarters Mitchel Air Force Base, New York, regarding a survey of Air Force Reserve Personnel, March 20, 1953.Letter020510
Letter to Captain Helen I. Booth from Headquarters Mitchel Air Force Base, New York, regarding a survey of Air Force Reserve Personnel, April 20, 1953.Letter020511
Letter to Captain Helen I. Booth from Headquarters Mitchel Air Force Base, New York, regarding her appointment as an Air Force Reserve Officer, October 9, 1953.Letter020512
Letter to Captain Helen I. Booth from Headquarters Mitchel Air Force Base, New York, regarding the renewal of her status as an Air Force Reserve Officer with enclosed oath of office, October 9, 1953.Letter020513
Letter to Headquarters Mitchel Air Force Base, New York, from Captain Helen I. Booth Sprecher regarding her change of address and marital status, November 17, 1953. Letter020514
Letter to Helen Booth Sprecher from Headquarters Mitchel Air Force Base, New York, regarding her change of address and status as an Air Force Reserve Officer, December 8, 1953.Letter020515
Letter to Captain Helen Booth Sprecher from Headquarters Mitchel Air Force Base, New York, concerning an indefinite appointment as an Air Force Reserve Officer, February 9, 1954.Letter020516
Letter to Captain Helen Booth Sprecher from Headquarters Mitchel Air Force Base, New York, regarding her reappointment in the Air Force Reserve, March 8, 1954.Letter020517
Memo from Headquarters Mitchel Air Force Base, New York, listing officers who have failed to respond to the offer of indefinate appointments in the Air Force Reserves, April 8, 1954. Memorandum020518
Letter to Headquarters Mitchel Air Force Base, New York, from Captain Helen Booth Sprecher regarding the SNAFU with her previous corrspondence with the First Air Force Headquarters, April 21, 1954.Letter020519
Newsletter - The Register, Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Summer & Fall, 1992; Fall 1993; Summer & Winter 1994; Fall 1995.Newsletter020601
Pamphlet - Military Historical Tours, 50th Anniversary of Victory in Europe, VE Day Paris, May 3-9, 1995.Pamphlet020602
Pamphlet - Military Historical Tours, 50th Anniversary of Victory in Europe, VE Day in London, May 3-9, 1995.Pamphlet020603
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