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Arizona collector helping Arizona Highways magazine complete library

Posted at 4:35 AM, Dec 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-07 08:51:26-05

A man who collects "anything" Arizona is helping a local magazine complete its digital collection.

"I think it's kind of important to know where you've been so you can have an idea of where you're at and where you're going," Dennis Chandler told ABC15. 

Chandler moved to Arizona in 1946 when the state was just 34 years old. He began collecting books, license plates and other state memorabilia in the 1970s. His library now contains around 3,500 items -- including a December 1930 edition of Arizona Highways magazine. 

A neighbor approached Chandler about the magazine's search for an issue after hearing about it on the radio. Chandler was happy to help and brought his copy to the magazine's office where it's being scanned and added to their digital library

The 71-year-old wants to eventually donate his entire collection to one of the state's universities.