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Elizabeth Setze papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS1119

Scope and Content

The collection contains Setze's military service records, certificates, awards, and correspondence. Also included are scrapbook pages containing poems from her fifth grade students in 1939; personal papers; a 1973 Georgia zip code directory booklet; a 1997 directory of the Atlanta Retired Teachers association; and a booklet on survivor benefits from the Navy. There are five notebooks that Setze used as travel logs, containing information about her travel expenses as well as notes about some points of interest during her travel through the Southeast.


  • 1936-1997, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Elizabeth Setze (1900-1981) was the daughter of James Waddell Setze (1866-1945) and Leila McClatchey Setze (1869-1939). She worked as a teacher at Henry Grady Elementary School in the 1930s and was the first woman from Altanta to join the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) at Smith College in 1942. While there she served as an instructor at the Officers Training School until 1947. She was later promoted to Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy and served in the Navy Reserves until she retired in 1963.


0.417 linear ft. (one document case)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2010

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2017.

Elizabeth Setze papers
Joshua Whitfield
June 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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