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Nellie McArthur Gubler religious papers, 1900-2005

Identifier: MSS 7551 Series 4

Scope and Contents

Series contains information on the St. George temple and other various Utah temples, the Santa Clara Ward and its auxilliary organizations, and Nellie Gubler's personal religious notes and papers.


  • 1900-2005


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Nellie McArthur Gubler family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

From the Collection:

Nellie McArthur Gubler (1908-2007) was a genealogist, local historian, and community member in Southern Utah.

Nellie McArthur Gubler was born on May 8, 1908 in St. George, Utah to Moroni and Emma Jarvis Cottam McArthur, the oldest of nine children. Nellie was raised in St. George, Utah, and attended Dixie College until her graduation in 1928. In her years of high school and college, Nellie was very involved with extra-curricular activities. Following her graduation, Nellie taught school for one year in Virgin, Utah, thirty miles from St. George.

On June 12, 1929, Nellie McArthur married Emil Gubler, and moved to his home in Santa Clara, Utah, a few miles outside of St. George. Together they raised twelve children: Marion, Philip, Glen J., Venice, Evelyn, Marilyn, Keith, Earl, Ralph, Marvin, Evan, and Kenneth. At the time of her death in September 2007, Nellie and Emil were the progenitors of 68 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren, and 26 great-great-grandchildren.

Throughout her life, Nellie was devoted to preserving Southern Utah history. She compiled several volumes that documented the foundation and history of Santa Clara, St. George, and many of the local, founding families. Nellie was particularly interested in the history of Southern Utah schools and LDS church organizations, and in family history. She spent a significant amount of time gathering information and doing research in these several areas.

Nellie McArthur Gubler was deeply involved in her community. She participated in the annual Swiss Days in Santa Clara, the Dixie Roundup, and the St. George Heritage Days for many years. She was also a member of the Santa Clara chapter of Daughters of Utah Pioneers. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Nellie was involved in activities for every auxiliary branch and served in many capacities throughout her life. Nellie and Emil were also very supportive of Dixie State College, and both received Honorary Associate of Arts degrees. Nellie was afforded several other awards, both from Dixie College and other organizations, including the Orchid Lady award.

Nellie passed away on September 28, 2007 at age 99.


8 folders

3 cartons

3 slides : (rotary slide trays)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three subseries: 1. Nellie McArthur Gubler church papers. 2. Nellie McArthur Gubler scrapbook and ephemera on Mormon temples. 3. Nellie McArthur Gubler papers on Santa Clara Ward organization.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States