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Welcome to the Booth Library manuscript index. 

The manuscript index contains links to finding aids for the collections of the Booth Library.  Each finding aid has a description of that collection along with a listing of the items within that collection.  The Booth Library staff and volunteers are updating the index daily in order to make your research experience more productive.

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Collection TitleCL 26 British War Relief SocietyCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:4/1/2008
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Mary Wells Mooers Smith in 1992. 
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Knitting; World War, 1939-1945--Civilian relief

British War Relief Society, Inc-The British War Relief Society was incorporated in 1941 and served as an umbrella organization for various charitable organizations aimed at assisting the British during WWII.  The Society sought to raise funds as well as donations of food and material goods.  Their headquarters were on Fifth Street in New York City, but there were local branch committees scattered throughout the United States.  In Elmira, the local committee was chaired by Mrs. Jervis Langdon.  The Knitting Committee, which made clothes and blankets for British civilians and military personnel, was headed up by Mrs. Edward Allen Mooers.   

Scope:The British War Relief Society Collection primarily contains correspondence, newsletters, news clippings flyers and other assorted documents related to the organization dating from 1941.  It also contains Mooers family papers including magazines dating from 1941 and 1951, and a page from their scrapbook from 1943. 
Notes:CL 26 shares a box with CL 27 and CL 28. 
Extent.25 linear feet
Date Span1941-1951
AbstractThis collection contains documents relating to the British War Relief Society as well as personal papers from the Mooers family. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Envelope for the British War Relief Society, Elmira Branch, circa 1941. (5 copies)Envelope10706
Christmas telegram from British War Relief Society Vice-President Mr. Appleby to Mrs. Jervis Langdon, chair of the Elmira Branch, December 1941. Telegram10707
Brochure: For Defense Buy United States Savings Bonds, 1941.Booklet10708
Flyer for Young America Wants to Help, circa 1941. Flyer10709
Flyer and order form from Parcle for the Forces, Inc. "Send a Gift Parcle of Rationed Food to Relatives and Friends in Great Britain."Flyer10710
Invoice for the British War Relief Society, October 6, 1941. Invoice10711
"Urgent Demand for Necessity Packages for Women with the Fighting Forces," British War Relief Society press release, circa 1941. Document10712
Envelope from the British War Relief Society to Mrs. Jervis Langdon. Envelope10713
Strathmont Musuem...A Challenge to Action. Booklet10801
The Yachtsmen's Magazine: Motor Boating, November 1951. Magazine10802
Life, November 24, 1941. Magazine10803
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