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Virginia Broome Waterer papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS940

Scope and Content

This collection includes documents from the education, personal life, and career of Virginia Marion Broome Waterer. Materials include report cards; school certificates and programs; newspaper clippings; membership cards; church bulletins; newsletters; a plan for the Virginia-Highland Civic Association; a history of the residence at 900 Arlington Place; and programs from the New Era Study Club. Of particular note are papers regarding her work in the Women's Service Pilots (WASP) during World War II.


  • 1912-1999, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Virginia Marion Broome Waterer (1920- ) was born to Charles McKinne Broome Jr. (1885-1951) and Marion Routledge Broome (1892-1996) in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The family moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1923. Waterer attended local public schools, graduating from Girls High School of Atlanta in 1938. She then attended Wesleyan College and graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1942. During World War II, Waterer served in the United States Air Force, first as a Link instrument trainer for United States Navy flyers and then as a pilot in the Women Air Force Service program. In 1944, she received an honorable discharge from the armed services and married Major John B. Waterer; the couple had a son, John Anthony Waterer (1947- ) and divorced in 1951. After the divorce, Waterer continued her education at the High Museum School of Art and at Georgia State University. She worked in interior design and formed her own firm in 1968, retiring in 1992.


0.8 linear ft. (two document cases)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1999, with subsequent additions

Related Archival Materials

Visual materials have been separated from the collection and are unprocessed. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2017.

Virginia Broome Waterer papers
Leah Lefkowitz
April 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305