Guide to the Dorothy Chancellor Collection, 1885-1985

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Pasadena Museum of History
Research Library and Archives
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Pasadena, California 91103-3594
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Pasadena Museum of History. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Dorothy Chancellor Collection, 1885-1985

Pasadena Museum of History

Research Library and Archives

Pasadena, California

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  • Pasadena Museum of History
  • Research Library and Archives
  • 470 West Walnut Street
  • Pasadena, California 91103-3594
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© 2000 Pasadena Museum of History. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dorothy Chancellor Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1885-1985
Origination: Chancellor, Dorothy
Extent: 9 boxes
Repository: Pasadena Museum of History
Pasadena, California 91103-3594
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Collection is open to the public for research. Use is restricted by rules intended to protect and preserve the materials in good condition for the future. For additional information please contact the Pasadena Museum of History.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

Suggested citation of these records: [Identification of item], Dorothy Chancellor Collection, Research Library and Archives, Pasadena Museum of History.

Biographical Note

Dorothy Chancellor (1910-1985) was born and raised in Pasadena. Her parents were R.O. Albany and Helen Chancellor. R.O. Albany Chancellor served as private secretary to Conway Campbell-Johnston for many years. Helen Chancellor's father was at one time Rector of Church of the Angels on Avenue 64 and R.O.A. Chancellor was its treasurer for many years. Dorothy Chancellor graduated from Pasadena High School in 1928 and went on to work in the Pasadena school system from 1929-1960. She was an office clerk at McKinley Junior High for many years and an office secretary at Muir High School at the time of her retirement. Dorothy Chancellor's aunt was Ruth Thompson, who wrote children's books including, Comrades of the Desert in 1920.

Scope and Content

The Dorothy Chancellor Collection (1885-1985) includes personal, business, and legal papers and correspondence, family photos, books, scrapbooks, artwork, and schoolwork.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1

Scrapbooks Special Collection

Box 1

First Alphabet Book DC3

Box 1

Cloth Picture Book DC 4

Box 1

Elsie and Elmer Book DC 5

Box 2, Folder 1

Retirement papers

Box 2, Folder 2

Tax returns 1939-1979

Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence with Executive House, Victoria, B.C., Canada,1977-1984

Box 2, Folder 4

Travel guides, train schedules, postcards, travel information, brochures, 1953

Box 2, Folder 5

[ Envelope] Photograph, poems, misc. newspapers, magazines, bulletins, 1913-1956

Box 2, Folder 5

[ Envelope] Business and personal correspondence, 1938-1942

Box 2, Folder 6

American Cancer Society certificates, 1963-1969

Box 3

Bound collection of mounted leaves

Box 3

History of Art by Dorothy Chancellor, seven bound folders about art history

Box 4, Folder 1


Box 4, Folder 2

Business correspondence, 1962-1984

Box 4, Folder 3

Clippings, 1962-1971

Box 4, Folder 4

Drawings 1917-

Box 4, Folder 5

Ephemera-school work, report cards from Pasadena High School and Pasadena Junior College, correspondence), 1885-1929

Box 4, Folder 6

Greeting cards, post cards

Box 4, Folder 6

Greeting cards, post cards

Box 4, Folder 7

Personal correspondence, 1878-1975

Box 4, Folder 7


Box 5, Folder 1


Box 5, Folder 2


Box 5, Folder 3

Business correspondence

Box 5, Folder 4

Clippings, 1939-1972

Box 5, Folder 5

Drawings, 1916-

Box 5, Folder 6

Ephemera, 1915-1984

Box 5, Folder 7

Greeting cards/post cards, 1919-1973

Box 5, Folder 8


Box 5, Folder 9

Miscellaneous business records, 1904-1982

Box 5, Folder 10

Personal correspondence, 1889-1985

Box 5, Folder 11

Photos-including school photo

Box 5, Folder 12

Printed matter-booklet, The Church and Her Ways, 1927

Box 6

City Arithmetics Grade VI, by Wentworth, Smith, Shiels, ©1916

Box 6

An Introduction to American History, by Alice Atkinson, ©1919

Box 6

First Book: The Progressive Course in Reading, by George I. Aldrich, ©1899

Box 6

Comrades of the Desert: A Story for Boys, by Ruth Thompson.


Inscribed by the author to her niece, Dorothy. News clipping pasted on inside cover, December 17, 1920.
Box 6

Hymnal, 1920

Box 6

Common Prayer book, 1920

Box 6, Folder 1

Business correspondence, 1935-1981

Box 6, Folder 2


Box 6, Folder 3

Ephemera-report cards, award certificates, senior citizen identification, souvenirs, school work, 1920-1981

Box 6, Folder 4

Greeting cards/Post cards

Box 6, Folder 5

Personal correspondence, 1884-1975

Box 7, Folder 1

Legal correspondence-


Will of Dorothy Chancellor


Legal papers of estate of Harriet E. Chancellor, 1912-13


Arthur North Chancellor estate papers, 1949


Legal papers of estate of Marjorie Montgomery Ward Baker, 1959


Will of Robert O.A. Chancellor, 1966

Box 7, Folder 2

Legal correspondence, 1927-1975

Box 7, Folder 3



Folder 1-Will of Harriott Ellen Chancellor, 1911


"Letters relating to various legacies left to me (Dorothy) by my (Dorothy's family," 1918-1943


Will of Marjorie Montgomery Ward Baker, 1912

Box 8

Photographs, daguerreotype, news clippings, Dorothy Chancellor's war ration book, English postcards

Box 8

A Picture Birthday Book for Boys and Girls

Box 8

Holy Bible


Owned by Ruth Thompson and then Dorothy Chancellor, 1919.
Box 8

Baby's Kingdom


Baby book, made in 1885; used for Dorothy in 1911.
Box 8

Memories of My School Days, 1920s

Box 9

Dorothy Chancellor's high school diploma, Pasadena High School, 1928

Box 9

Graduation ceremony programs, 1928

Box 9

Photograph, bookkeeping ledgers,1875

Box 9

The Little Folds Paper, 6/5/04 and 6/12/04

Box 9

Object Lesson A B C, 1916

Box 9

What a Cook Ought to Know About Cornstarch, by Emma Churchman Hewitt

Box 9

Royal Baking and Pastry Cook