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). Or, see our recorded oral histories on our YouTube Channel.
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.
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. We recommend researchers explore ChandlerpediA; many of our materials are available online at www.chandlerpedia.org.
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.
Multiple museum volunteers have worked to organize, transcribe, research, and digitize the Olive Goodykoontz materials so that the collection may be preserved.
Read Olive Goodykoontz's journal entries from November - December 1926, which includes details on her move to Arizona and her stay in a tourist camp in Phoenix before moving to Chandler.
Our Expertise and Collection in the Media
With no past, what future? Saving the East Valley's historic soul,
East Valley Tribune, December 3, 2017
Early Chandler Businesses Strengthened the Community,
San Tan Sun News, December 2, 2017
Cover image of Chandler Lifestyle Magazine, September 2017
A Brief History of the Chandler Ostrich Festival,
azcentral.com, March 10, 2017
Chandler's History with Ostriches and the Ostrich Festival,
City of Chandler YouTube Channel, March 6, 2017
City to Unveil Historical Kiosk at Nozomi Park,
San Tan Sun News, January 10, 2017
Depression Scuttled Frank Lloyd Wright's Plans for
East Valley, Ahwatukee, Ahwatukee Foothills News,
December 1, 2016
Frank Lloyd Wright, A.J. Chandler worked to remake
East Valley, East Valley Tribune, October 17, 2016
Mission Revival, Phoenix Magazine, July 2016
Historic Chandler Properties you need to see,
azcentral.com, July 11, 2016