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Nellie McArthur Gubler family papers

Identifier: MSS 7551

Scope and Contents

Collection includes Nellie McArthur Gubler's personal, family, research, and religious papers. The bulk of the material was compiled and organized by Nellie Gubler, but some McArthur, Cottam, and Jarvis family history work in the collection was arranged by Nellie's mother, Emma Jarvis Cottam McArthur. Other materials, including journals, correspondence, and family photo albums, were created by Gubler's parents and grandparents. These materials date between 1849 and 1930. Gubler's materials include correspondence, journals, family history work, photographs of family events and vacations, handwritten notes, various publications, memorabilia, and ephemera. The collection also includes historical information in scrapbooks and research notes on the Santa Clara Ward, Santa Clara and St. George cities, original settling families in Southern Utah, and Southern Utah public schools. These materials date from 1908 to 2007.


  • 1849-2007


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

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.


7 oversize boxes (5.58 linear ft.)

44 cartons (44 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



This collection includes the personal, family, research, and religious papers and scrapbooks of Nellie McArthur Gubler.


Arranged in four series: 1. Nellie McArthur Gubler personal papers. 2. Nellie McArthur Gubler family and friends papers. 3. Nellie McArthur Gubler Southern Utah research papers. 4. Nellie McArthur Gubler religious papers.

Custodial History

Donated by Earl R. Gubler in 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Earl R. Gubler; 2009.


LDS, Utah, and Western American Women (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007).

The Nellie McArthur Gubler family papers contain historical information for various Southern Utah communities and families.

Processing Information

Processed; Audrey Spainhower, student manuscript processor; 2010.

  • Books primarily related to or published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or about spirituality in general. There are also hymn/song books for the various associations within the church. There are other books on various topics including St. George and pioneer history.
Register of Nellie McArthur Gubler family papers
John M. Murphy, Curator, and Audrey Spainhower, Student Manuscript Processor
2010 April 8
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States