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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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Thank you card sent to Helen I. Booth from the girls in Wing Be, 1943.Greeting Card010914
Postcard of Morrish women near Sale from Lt. Colonel H.J. Lowery, January 15, 1943.Postcard010915
Letter to Lt. Helen I. Booth from Lt. Cynthia Warner with updates from Hamilton Field, July 28, 1943.Letter010916
Letter to Lt. Helen I. Booth from Kay White regarding her transfer, October 20, 1943.Letter010917
Letter to Lt. Helen I. Booth from Sgt. Susan J. Libby with news from Hamilton Field, California, December 9, 1943.Letter010918
Essay - On WAC Parades by Sergeant Susan J. Libby, 713th WAC Company, Hamilton Field, California.Document010919
Letter to Lt. Helen Booth from Sergeant Susan Libby concerning life at Hamilton Field, California, ca. 1943.Letter010920
WAAC-themed Christmas cards sent to Helen Booth, 1943.Greeting Card010921
Letter to Helen I. Booth from her neice and nephew, December 27, 1943.Letter010922
Valentine's Day card sent to Helen Booth, 1944. Greeting Card010923
Note with drawing from Colonel Holland, September 14, 1944.Note010924
Christmas Card sent to Helen I. Booth, 1944.Greeting Card010925
Lt. Norman Irvine's "New Zeeland Farewell Song," December 30, 1944.Note010926
Newsletter - Crossroads Electronics Crosstalk, Captain Christian L. Engleman, July 26, 1945.Newsletter010927
(3) Letters to Helen I Booth from Colonel Kendall Paul with updates from the Pacific, October 21, 22 & 27, 1945.Letter010928
Letter to Helen I. Booth from Major Jack C. Hills with updates from the Pacific, November 18, 1945. (with enclosed photo)Letter010929
Christmas card sent to Helen I. Booth from Ted Harvey, 35 Transport Squadron, Austraian Royal Air Force, 1945. Greeting Card010930
Letter to Lt. Helen I. Booth from "Col" with updates on military friends, April 20, 1946.Letter010931
Booklet - Introduction to the WAAC'S, ca. 1942.Booklet011001
Booklet - Welcome WAAC'S from the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, ca. 1942.Booklet011002
Newsletter - WAAC Bulletin, Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, November 2, 1942.Newsletter011003
Newsletter - WAAC-Tivities, January 1, 1943.Newsletter011004
Newsletter - WAAC-Tivities, covers December 25, 1942-April 16, 1943.Newsletter011005
Newsletter - Hamilton Field Prelude, ca. 1943.Newsletter011006
Newsletter - Hamilton Field WAC-Cent On News, June 5, 1943-March 4, 1944. Newsletter011007
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