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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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Newspaper clippings concerning WAAC's (Women's Army Auxiliary Corps) and World War II, 1942-1944.Newspaper Clippings010101
Booklet - Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Regulations, 1942.Booklet010201
Booklet - Sex Hygiene Course, Officers and Officer Candidates, Women's Army Axiliary Corps, May 27, 1943.Booklet010202
General Policy Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, Supplementing W.D. and WAAC Circulars and Army Regulations, 1942-1943.Document010203
WAAC Circular, nos. 1-16, June 1-December 11, 1942. Updates on policies and regulations related to the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.Document010204
WAAC Circular nos. 1-16, June 1-December 11, 1942 and nos. 1-11, January 23-May 10, 1943. Updates on policies and regulations related to the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.Document010205
Uniform Regulations for Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, ca. 1942.Document010206
Organization of A WAAC Company, ca. 1942. Document010207
Reference Chart of Chemical Agents and lessons on chemical warfare, ca. 1942.Document010208
Women's Army Auxiliary Corps map reading lesson kit.Document010209
Tentative WAAC Drill Regulations, ca. 1942.Document010210
Essay - The Company Commander by Captain Hans Ellenbeck.Document010211
Essay - Historical Data: Organization of the Army and The WAAC, ca. 1942. Document010212
Essay - Women's Army Auxiliary Corps: A Historical Background, ca. 1943.Document010213
Blank WAAC physical training and evaluation forms, ca. 1942.Document010214
Complete Outline on Organization of The WAAC, November 11-19, 1942.Document010215
Organization Chart of the Supply Divisin, 2nd WAAC Training Center, January 9, 1943.Document010216
United States Army Air Corps Special Orders regarding Helen I. Booth, August 1, 1942-December 19, 1945. Includes orders regarding commission, transfers, physical evaluations, etc.Documents010301
Postcard to Helen I. Booth from the U.S. Army Recruiting and Induction Office acknowledging the receipt of her application for enrollment in the WAAC Officers' Candidate School, June 4, 1942. (2 copies)Postcard010401
Letter to Helen I. Booth from the Pittsburg Recruiting & Induction Station notifying her that she passed her examination for the WAACs, June 10, 1942.Letter010402
Telegram to Helen I. Booth from the US Army notifying her that she has been selected for an interview as a officer candidate for the WAAC, June 14, 1942.Telegram010403
Letter to Helen I. Booth from the War Department notifying her that she has been selected to attend the WAAC Officer Candidate School at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, July 15, 1942.Letter010404
Helen I. Booth's Military Identification Card from the Fort Des Moines W.A.A.C. Training Center, 1942.Identification Card010501
(13) picture postcards of the W.A.A.C. Training Center, Fort Des Moines, Iowa, ca. 1942.Postcard010502
Headquarters Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Training Center, Fort Des Moines, Iowa, administrative memoradum regarding regulations and proceedures, July 13, 1942. Document010503
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