Virginia Broome Waterer papers
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Virginia Broome Waterer papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Waterer, Virginia Broome
Title: Virginia Broome Waterer papers
Dates: 1912-1999, undated
Quantity: 0.8 linear ft. (two document cases)
Identification: ahc.MSS940

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Scope and Content Note

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.

Index Terms

Air pilots, Military—Training of—United States
American Red Cross
Broome, Marion Routledge, 1920-
Citizens' associations--Georgia--Atlanta
Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
New Era Study Club (Atlanta, Ga.)
Virginia-Highland Civic Association
Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.).
Women air pilots--Georgia--Atlanta
World War, 1939-1945--Women

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Virginia Broome Waterer papers, MSS 940, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1999, with subsequent additions

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2017.


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.

Related Material

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

Container List




11All Saints Episcopal Church, 1953-1965
2Advertisements, 1923, 1946-1953, 1979, undated
3American Red Cross, 1935-1946
4Crafts, 1928-1934
5Ephemera, 1957, undated
6Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, 1934-1968
7"Imperial lives," art exhibit, undated
8New Era Study Club programs, 1933-1940
9Newspaper clippings, 1942-1951, 1971-1981, undated
10Notes, poem, and article, undated



21Oglethorpe University Crypt of Civilization, 1938-1964
2Programs, 1971, undated
3Sacramento's Greatest Aviation Meet, 1912
4School books, 1925, 1935
5School memorabilia, 1926-1938, 1971-1979, undated
6Virginia-Highland neighborhood and civic association literature, 1973-1999, undated
7Virginia-Highland neighborhood and civic association literature, A Report, 1973
8WASP, women service pilots, memorial, 1972
9Women Pilot Program, final report, undated


MSS OS box 2.14Newspaper clippings, oversize, 1938-1943, undated