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Waddell-Setze-McClatchey family papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS842

Scope and Content

This collection contains the personal correspondence and memorabilia of two families of two different time periods. The Waddells are the contributors of the Civil War period correspondence which demonstrate in great detail the conditions of the lives of those left at home and of the needs of the soldiers. These letters also demonstrate the role of an officer and the ability to have his wife follow his movements. The later correspondence and personal records were contributed by the Setze family. They contain information regarding teaching school in Atlanta, working for the telephone company and enlisting in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). Also in the collection are newspaper clippings, restaurant menus, and postcards.


  • 1855-1966, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

James D. Waddell, trained as a lawyer, was a colonel in the Confederate Army. He served with the Georgia Volunteers in the 20th Regiment, Benning's Brigade, Hood's Division, Longstreet's Corps. James was a friend of Alexander H. Stephens, and he served as a state representative in 1866. His sister was Elizabeth "Lizzie" Waddell who married Dr. Eugene J. Setze of Marietta, Geogia, in 1857. They had several children including J. A. Setze, E. J. Setze, C. R. Setze, and James Waddell Setze. James W. Setz married Leila McClatchy, daughter of D. F. McClatchey also of Marietta, Georgia. James W. Setze worked as an auditor for the State Department of Revenue. He and Leila McClatchy had four children: James W. Setze, Jr.; Lt. Elizabeth Setze; Adelaide Reynolds Setze; and Major Juluis A. Setze. The Setze family resided at 155 The Prado, Atlanta, Georgia.


4.75 linear ft. (six document cases, one half document case, and two oversize boxes)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1995

Related Archival Materials

All visual arts materials have been separated from the collection and are either in VIS 54 or unprocessed. Please contact an archivist for access to the unprocessed materials.

McClatchey family papers, MSS222f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2012.

Waddell-Setze-McClatchey family papers
Laura Starratt
September 2012
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