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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

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

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Joking letter by an unknown officer at 713th WAC Post Headquarters, Army Air Force, Hamilton Field, California, July 28, 1943.Letter010707
Joking letter memo from "Fluffy", 713th WAC Post Headquarters, Army Air Force, Hamilton Field, California, requesting discharge, July 31, 1943.Letter010708
Joking letter from Cynthia B. Warner, 713th WAC Post Headquarters, Army Air Force, Hamilton Field, California, requesting discharge, August 1, 1943. Letter 010709
Christmas Card from Colonel & Mrs. George F. Kinzie, Headquarters, Hamilton Field, California.Greeting Card010710
Menu - Christmas Dinner, Hamilton Field California, December 25, 1943.Menu010711
(2) Greeting cards sent to Helen I. Booth from the 713th WAC when she transfered from Hamilton Field, California, ca. 1943.Greeting Card010712
Newspaper - Hamilton Field Take Off, Special Air WAC Edition; June 15, December 1, 1943; May 1, 1944.Newspaper010713
Picture Postcards, ca. 1940s - California Poinsettias; Santa Clara Valley, California; Golden Gate Bridge; San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge; Hotel Mark Hopkins, San Francisco; San Francisco at night; Twin Peaks, San Francisco; The Cirque Room, San Francisco. Postcards010801
Letter to Lt. Helen Booth from Ruby with updates from San Francisco, July 18, 1943.Letter010802
Birth annoucement for Gerald Harris Goldstein, son of Aileen Goldstein, born January 29, 1944, Santa Maria, Califonia.Announcement010803
Menu - Backyard, 1024 Kearny Street, San Francisco, California, ca. 1940s.Menu010804
Napkin - Fairmont Circus Lounge, Nob Hill, San Francisco, ca. 1943.Napkin010805
WAAC-themed birthday card sent to Helen Booth, ca. 1942.Greeting Card010901
Christmas Card sent to Helen I. Booth, circa 1940s.Greeting Card010902
Valentine's Day greeting from Chris to Helen I. Booth, ca. 1940s.Note010903
Letter from an unidentified WAC describing conditions in the Pacific, ca. 1940s.Letter010904
Letter to Helen I. Booth from "S.M." about life in the WACs, ca. 1940s.Letter010905
Letter to the soldiers of the United States Army from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, ca. 1940s.Letter010906
Note regarding the death of Dr. Blair, ca. 1940s.Note010907
(3) Greeting cards with best wishes to Lt. Helen I. Booth from Ann; Ruth & Marion; Imogene M. Rogers, Agnes W. Baker, Margaretta K. Ruby, Dorothy M. Nedegaard, Adele V. Schaefer, Catherine B. Weitch and Annabelle Shipe, ca. 1940s.Greeting Card010908
(4) Telegrams sent to Helen I. Booth congradulating her on her commission from her parents; Larry & Ann; Louise & Annie; and an unidentified person, September 12, 1942.Telgram010909
Postcard of the Union Trust Co., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 26, 1942.Postcard010910
Postcard of Gulfport, Mississippi, September 3, 1942.Postcard010911
Letter to Lt. Helen I. Booth from D.D. Patterson regarding the effect of the war on the school, November 29, 1942Letter010912
(4) Christmas cards with WAAC and military themes sent to Helen I. Booth, 1942.Greeting Card010913
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