Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Chandler Family Collection

Collection Summary

Creator Dr. J.V. Chandler
Title Chandler Family Collection
Dates: 1889-1973
Abstract: The Chandler family came into the Kingsville area in the early part of the 20th century and helped settle the new railroad community. J.V. was a dentist who enjoyed writing poetry and was ultimately named Poet Laureate of Texas. He was active in local civic organizations and community projects.
Identification A1972-025
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/collections/ead.php?xml=Chandler%20EAD
Quantity: .5 linear feet
Location: STAD Box 18, Photograph File A1972-025
Language: English

Historical Note

The Chandler family were early settlers in Texas and South Texas. The first Chandlers moved to Texas in the 1877 from Louisiana. Three generations, from the 1880's to the present, produced six dentists. The family was also very interested in music. One member of the family was a member of the Grand Opera as a tenor for four years and most family members were involved with music as a pastime. Dr. J. V. (Jesse Van Buren) Chandler was a dentist in Kingsville, Texas who turned to writing as a second profession and eventually became the Poet Laureate of Texas for the term of 1959-1961. Mrs. (Marie Airhart) Chandler was President of the Texas Federation of Music Clubs.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes biographical information, news clippings, poetry ; Rotary Club materials; Kingsville Music Club and Texas Federation of Music Clubs news clippings, yearbooks and programs ; church related information ; dental ledger ; and photographs. The collection mainly includes materials collected by Dr. and Mrs. J. V. Chandler.



The Chandler Family Papers are divided into six series. I. Biographical Material II. Rotary Club Material III. Kingsville Music Club Material IV. Church Materials V. Dental Ledger VI. Photographs

Index Terms

Chandler, Jesse Van Buren, 1892-1968
Chandler, Helen Marie Airhart, 1895-1982
Chandler, Jesse Van Buren, 1916-1952
Chandler, William Evans
Kingsville Music Club
Texas Federation of Music Clubs
Southwest Writers Conference
Nueces Valley District Dental Society
Rotary International
Geographical Names
Jewett, (Tex.)
Kingsville, (Tex.)
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas -- History
Dentists -- Texas, South -- Biography
Poets, American -- Texas -- Kingsville -- History
Poets laureate
Musicians -- Texas, South – Biography