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Nina Watkins Palmer papers

Identifier: MSS 9550

Scope and Contents

Contains scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, correspondence, financial records, handbooks, conference materials, training materials and reference materials. The materials were collected by Nina Watkins Palmer through her association with the Utah Federation for Drug-Free Youth, the Utah Association of Women, and the Worldwide Organization for Women. Subjects in the collection include the roles of women and men, the traditional family, education, youth, marriage, religious liberty, and family and pro-life public policy. Materials are dated 1966 to 2014.


  • 1966-2014


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from the Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Nina Eileen Watkins was born on May 18, 1931 to Arthur Vivian Watkins and Andrea (Rich) Watkins in Orem, Utah. Nina was the youngest of seven children. When she was a teenager, the family moved to Arlington, Virginia when her father, Senator Arthur V. Watkins, was elected United States senator for Utah. Nina met William Martin Palmer while studying at George Washington University. They were later married in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they settled in Salt Lake City and had four children.

Palmer was very involved with many different organizations. She was an original member of the Utah Federation for Drug Free Youth, was a member of the Governor's Task Force on Youth Alcohol and Drug Use, and the Governor's Council on Volunteerism. Palmer started the Utah Association of Women in 1977. The Utah Association of Women changed its name in 1997 and became the Worldwide Organization for Women. Palmer worked to get her women's organization granted consultative status by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. She traveled the world to participate in United Nations meetings and conferences. In 2000, she was also elected to the Board of Directors of the World Movement of Mothers. Palmer died in Erda, Utah, September 6, 2021.


5 cartons (5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged chronologically by scrapbook. Loose material filed at the end of the inventory.

Custodial History

The collection was aggregated by the creator, Nina Palmer, then donated to L. Tom Perry Special Collections by her daughter, Martha Wallace in 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Martha Palmer; February 21, 2022.


II B 5 VI, "Utah and the American West"

Processing Information

Processed; Amy Snow; 2022. Binders were foldered and arranged chronologically.

Nina Watkins Palmer papers
Amy Snow
2022 May 25
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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