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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
Air Mail Envelope, ca. 1940s.Envelope020714
Newsletter - Matson Line Wireless, Matson Navigation Company, Ocenaic Steamship Company, week of Christmas 1944.Newsletter020715
Captain Helen I. Booth, serial number L-300008, Service Record, 1942-1945.Notebook020801
Book - The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Prepared for the Use of Protestant Personnel of the Army of the United States, 1942.Book030001
Photograph - Captain Helen I. Booth. Photograph030002
Photographs - Helen I. Booth's regiment in Fort Des Moines, Iowa, 1942; 25th Company, 4th Regiment WAACs, Daytona Beach Florida, March 1943. Photographs030003
This folder contains images of the personnel from Des Moines, Iowa, Daytona Beach, Florida and Hamilton Field, California, ca. 1942-44 including Lt. Helen I. Booth; Lt. Jene L. Farney; Lt. Cynthia B. Warner; Lt. Garrett; Colonel Ralph Snavely; company dog Tappy; and unidentified WACs. Photographs030100
Photographs of people and places from Helen I. Booth's service in the Pacific (Australia, Tahiti, Dutch New Guinea, the Philipines), ca. 1944-45 including Lt. Helen I. Booth; Major Jack C. Hillis; Colonel Maughan, Captain Henry, and Lt. Goldstein; Major Antonelli, Major Thomas, Lt. Dorsch, Colonel Henderson, Lt. Bowman and Colonel Scott; Captain Howard F. Welsh, Colone Elvin F. Maughan, Technical-sergeant W.D. O'Steen, Staff-sergeant Helen C. McQuade, Corporal Aldine Swepston, Private Leanna Day, Corporal Doris Graves; Lt. Marana Arie; James Sprecher; Charles Pannell; William E. Shaw, Howard C. Schmid, James Thompson, M.L. Dummouchel; and unidentified civilians and military personnel. Photographs030200
Photograph album of Helen I. Booth's service with the WACs including images of personnel from the WAAC Training Center, Fort Des Moines, Iowa, 1942; WAAC Training Center, Daytona Beach, Florida, 1943; Hamilton Field, California, 1943; Santa Maria, California, 1943. Photograph Album030300
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