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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 26 British War Relief SocietyCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:4/1/2008
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Mary Wells Mooers Smith in 1992. 
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Knitting; World War, 1939-1945--Civilian relief

British War Relief Society, Inc-The British War Relief Society was incorporated in 1941 and served as an umbrella organization for various charitable organizations aimed at assisting the British during WWII.  The Society sought to raise funds as well as donations of food and material goods.  Their headquarters were on Fifth Street in New York City, but there were local branch committees scattered throughout the United States.  In Elmira, the local committee was chaired by Mrs. Jervis Langdon.  The Knitting Committee, which made clothes and blankets for British civilians and military personnel, was headed up by Mrs. Edward Allen Mooers.   

Scope:The British War Relief Society Collection primarily contains correspondence, newsletters, news clippings flyers and other assorted documents related to the organization dating from 1941.  It also contains Mooers family papers including magazines dating from 1941 and 1951, and a page from their scrapbook from 1943. 
Notes:CL 26 shares a box with CL 27 and CL 28. 
Extent.25 linear feet
Date Span1941-1951
AbstractThis collection contains documents relating to the British War Relief Society as well as personal papers from the Mooers family. 

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Letter from Dorothy Smith at the British War Relief Society to Mrs. Mooers, July 24, 1941. Letter10101
Letter from Sally Jones of Young America Wants to Help to Mrs. Mooers, September 30, 1941. Letter10102
Letter from Dorothy Smith at the British War Relief Society to Mrs. Mooers, October 16, 1941. Letter10103
Letter from John Howard Hanway of the British War Relief Society to Mrs. Mooers, October 21, 1941. Letter10104
Letter from Harold Moody of the British War Relief Society to Mrs. Mooers, January 22, 1942. Letter10105
Membership and sponsor list for the Elmira branch of the British War Relief Society, circa 1941. Document102
Requisition forms for knitting yarn for the British War Relief Society. Document10301
Sign reading "These scarves and infant blankets made by girls 7th and 8th grades Beecher School. Crafts class Miss Voight."Document10302
British War Relief Society knitting instructions for a children's pull-over. Document10303
British War Relief Society knitting instructions for gloves in the approved patterns for his Majesty's armed forces. Document10304
Notes on the progress of the Elmira branch of the British War Relief Society's Knitting Committee since July 1940. Documents10305
Sign "Wanted: Your left-over balls of yarn."Document10306
British War Relief Society News Bulletin, March 5, 1941.Newsletter10401
British War Relief Society News Bulletin, April 16, 1941. Newsletter10402
British War Relief Society News Bulletin, July 29, 1941. (2 copies)Newsletter10403
British War Relief Society News Bulletin, October 1, 1941.Newsletter10404
News!, British War Relief Society Newsletter, April 1941. Newsletter10405
Over-Seas League Tobacco Fund collection list and brochure, 1940. Document10501
Letter from John Evelyn Wrench of the Over-Seas League Tobacco Fund to Mrs. Mooers, January 23, 1941. Letter10502
Folder of newspaper clippings about the British War Relief Society, 1941. Newspaper clippings106
Memorandum from British War Relief Society President Douglas G. Anderson to the members of the Elmira Branch, September 5, 1941. Memorandum10701
Handmade flyer for the British War Relief Society "There are ways to help the British thu this market", 1941. Flyer10702
Stationary for Mrs. Edward Allen Mooers of 516 West First Street, Elmira, New York. Envelope10703
The Cinderella Story of Gracie Fields: Star Number One of British War Relief, 1941. Poster10704
By-laws and membership rolls for "The League," circa 1941. Document10705
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