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Margaret Elizabeth Schutt Gordon papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8253

Content Description

Collection contains the autobiography of Margaret Elizabeth Schutt Gordon. The collection dates from 1866-1954 and accounts her life on the frontier in both Utah and Alberta, as well as financial and family hardships, church service, and transcontinental travel. Provides insight into the experience of Mormon women in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Dated approximately 1866-1954.


  • Approximately 1866-1954


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 Margaret Elizabeth Schutt Gordon papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Margaret Elizabeth Schutt Gordon (1866-1966) was a mother and genealogist.

Margaret Elizabeth Schutt Gordon was born on January 29, 1866, in Ossett, Yorkshire, England, to parents Henry and Eliza Brereton Vernon Schutt. At the age of 10 her family moved to British Colombia, Canada while her parents served as missionaries for the Church of England. In 1885 she converted to Mormonism and her family moved to Utah. Here she met James Frater Gordon and they were married on July 13, 1893, in Logan, Utah. Together they had 4 children. Her family moved back to Canada and served as missionaries, trying to expand Mormonism throughout Alberta. They later moved back to Utah where she began to gain an appreciation for genealogy. Eventually Margaret and James settled in Los Angeles, California. She continued to do genealogy work until her death on October 3, 1966, in San Francisco, California.


1 folder (0.02 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Donated by unknown party in 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 2013.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Catie Freedman, student manuscript processor, John M. Murphy, curator, 2014.
Register of Margaret Elizabeth Schutt Gordon papers
Catie Freedman
2014 December 18
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