The Chandler Museum has a rich collection of artifacts, photographs,
archival materials, and oral histories documenting Chandler’s diverse history.
Download for a list of oral histories (PDF).
Chandler Arizonan digitization project: Museum volunteers are digitizing Chandler's local newspaper. The Chandler Arizonan was first published in 1912, and was eventually bought out by the East Valley Tribune in 1985. Click here to read the earliest years of the Chandler Arizonan.
Donating to the Collection
Have something you’d like to contribute to the story of Chandler?
Contact Nate Meyers, Curator of Collections, at 480-782-2877. You can also drop by the Museum during our hours of operation.
Looking for information? Whether you are a genealogist, a scholar, or simply someone curious about what used to be on the land prior to your house our collections are available for you to use. Appointments are necessary, and can be made by calling Nate at (480) 782-2877.
Special Collecting Project
N.J. Harris/ Kesler Neighborhood History Project
Chandler’s earliest Hispanic and African American communities developed in the area east of Arizona Avenue and south of Frye Road, which early residents commonly called “South Chandler” or the “Southside.”
The Museum is beginning a joint project with the City’s Neighborhood Programs Division, the Human Relations Commission, the Community Documentation Program, and the Chandler Historical Society to document the history of this area. The project will result in a history and photo exhibit of the neighborhood in celebration of Chandler’s centennial in 2012.
Olive Goodykoontz collection
Olive Goodykoontz was an elementary school and music teacher in various grade levels at Chandler schools for several decades. In 2010, the Olive Goodykoontz Collection was donated to the museum by her surviving family. The collection consisted of several boxes of materials including scrapbooks, photographs, and a series of journals Olive wrote in every day of her life beginning as a teenager in the mid-1920s.
Originally born and raised in a small Quaker hamlet in Grant County, Indiana, Olive’s journals contain a wealth of information on life in Arizona. This includes her family’s initial road trip from Indiana to Chandler, her college years in both Tucson and Flagstaff, and her various teaching positions around the valley. The journals also contain information on her years as a post-WWII relief worker both overseas and across the U.S. and her summers spent with family in California.
Since March of 2011, Museum volunteer April Boggs has been leading the effort to organize, transcribe, research, and digitize the Olive Goodykoontz materials so that the collection may be preserved.
Click here to read Olive Goodykoontz's journal entries from November - December 1926. This includes her move to Arizona and stay in a tourist camp in Phoenix before moving to Chandler.
1927. These entries focus on Olive's time in college at the Normal School of Arizona (now Arizona State University).