Nellie McArthur Gubler family papers

Nellie McArthur Gubler family papers

Dates: 1849-2007

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.

  • Extent: 7 oversize boxes (5.58 linear ft.). -- 44 cartons (44 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Gubler, Nellie McArthur
  • Call Number: MSS 7551
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
The materials in this collection are in English.
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.
Conditions of 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.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7551; Nellie McArthur Gubler family papers; 19th-21st Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7426, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Earl R. Gubler in 2009.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Earl R. Gubler; 2009.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Utah--Santa Clara; Cottam (Family : Cottam, Thomas, 1820-1896); Gubler, Nellie McArthur--Archives; Jarvis (Family : Jarvis, George, 1823-1913); McArthur (Family : McArthur, Duncan, 1796-1864); City and Town Life; Education; Home and Family; Santa Clara (Utah); Social Life and Customs; St. George (Utah)
Genre / Form
Diaries; Letters; Photographs; Scrapbooks
Processing Information
Processed; Audrey Spainhower, student manuscript processor; 2010.
Appraisal Information
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.
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Finding Aid Title
Gubler (Nellie McArthur) family papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by John M. Murphy, Curator, and Audrey Spainhower, Student Manuscript Processor
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-03-15T17:40-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical/Historical note

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.

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