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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 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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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Newsletter - WAC Newsletter, July 1943.Newsletter011008
Newsletter - Women's Army Corps Newsletter, August 1944. Newsletter011009
Receipt for government property received by Helen I. Booth, August 1, 1942.Receipt020101
Receipt for government property received by Helen I. Booth, September 11, 1942.Receipt020102
Army Air Force School of Applied Tactics, Orlando, Florida, Post Administrative Inspection, July 1944. Document020103
Headquarters Army Air Force School of Applied Tactics Department, Orlando, Florida, problems noted during base inspection, September 25, 1944.Document020104
Immunization Register for Helen I. Booth, August 8, 1942-September 25, 1945.Document020105
Record of Leave for Helen I. Booth Helen, September 12, 1942-June 30, 1946.Document020106
Poem - The WAACS On The Move, June 29, 1943.Poem020107
WAAC Songs, ca. 1942.Document020108
Essay - Rookies on Guard.Document020109
Essay - Army Reducing Diet.Document020110
Notes on officers' travel pay, ca. 1940s.Notes020111
Military memory drill, ca. 1940s.Document020112
Notes on Helen I. Booth's personal effects, ca. 1940s.Notes020113
Complete record of Helen I. Booth's army travel, June 15, 1942-October 30, 1945.Document020114
Blank (WW II) World War II era military forms including honorable discharge; furlough; allotment of pay; discontinuance of pay; report of desertion; report of death; voucher for pay of enlisted men; payroll; statement of charges for property; individual clothing and equipment record; company morning reports; final statement of pay. Document020201
War Department Officers' Pay, Allowance, and Mileage Voucher filled out by Helen I. Booth, October 28, 1945.Document020301
Captain Helen I. Booth Certificate of Service, January 4, 1946.Certificate020302
Separation Qualification Record for Captain Helen I. Booth with cover letter, January 4, 1946.Document020303
Receipt for $37.08 paid to the Army Service Forces, Finance Department by Helen I. Booth with envelope and cover letter, April 5, 1946.Receipt020304
Service Records for Helen I. Booth, November 18, 1946.Document020305
Letter to Captain Helen I. from from Lt. Colonel Eugene M. Stevens, US Air Force, regarding Booth's appointment in the Air Force Reserves, January 3, 1949.Letter020306
Certificates of Appreciation for Helen I. Booth's War Service from General Arnold, Commander US Army Air Force, and President Harry Truman, with cover letter.Certificates020307
Helen I. Booth's WW II military uniform patches, circa 1940s. Patches020308
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