Margaret Grace Greer Nuttall was born on October 31, 1880 in Wallsburg, Utah to Dixon Hamlin Greer and Harriett Diana Camp. As a child, she enjoyed taking trips with her family to Salt Lake City, Heber, and Provo. In 1897 Margaret moved to Provo where she attended school at Brigham Young Academy (BYA). She worked each summer to earn enough money to attend school. In December of 1903 she and William Albert Nuttall began dating, and on November 16, 1904, they were married in the Salt Lake City Temple. On December 7, 1905, their first child, William Reed, was born, and on January 21, 1908, their second child, Ruth, was born. On May 17, 1912, Margaret bore their third child, Jesse Greer. In October of 1914 their fourth child, Juliet, was born, and on October 30, 1917, another daughter, Margaret Alice, was born. Finally, on October 10, 1922, Margaret bore their last child, Albert Cecil. In 1924 Margaret and her family moved to Grandview where they purchased a farm. On July 8, 1942, Margaret's husband, Will, died. In 1946 Margaret was called to serve a mission in Texas for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After she was released from full-time service for the LDS Church, she traveled extensively to places such as Washington, D.C., New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nebraska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Florida, Cuba, Georgia, and Tennessee. During some of these vacations, she visited many significant historical Mormon Church sites, including Carthage Jail, the Sacred Grove, and Winter Quarters. Margaret was a devoted member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, having held various offices in the organization. She was also a genealogist and performed temple work for hundreds of deceased relatives in all of the operating temples in the United States during her lifetime. She met and shook hands with numerous prophets and apostles of the LDS Church, including Joseph F. Smith, Heber J. Grant, George Albert Smith, David O. McKay, LeGrand Richards, Harold B. Lee, and Boyd K. Packer. Margaret summarizes her life by saying, 'I have had a wonderful life. I never have had to go hungry or cold or want for food or clothing.' She attributes her good life to having faithfully lived according to the teachings of the LDS Church and having taught her children to do the same. Margaret died on November 22, 1971 at the age of 91.
This collection includes a seven-page autobiography by Margaret Grace Greer Nuttall in which she describes her childhood, life as a student at Brigham Young Academy, her children's births, her activity in the LDS Church, and her extensive travels as an older adult. She also mentions missions, marriages, and deaths of her family members and friends. Besides Margaret's autobiography, this collection contains manuscript and typescript copies of six of Margaret's diaries. Her diaries detail her daily activities in church and school and on the farm as well as her pastime activities and interactions with friends and family. Many of the diaries include songs and poems'-some of which were originally written by Margaret'-and recipes. One of the diaries (with 'No. 8' penciled on the front cover) contains several pages of notes on Latter-day Saint church history from 1828 to 1844. This collection also includes Margaret's class notebook in which she took history and English notes and miscellaneous items such as Margaret's BYA report card from 1901-1902 and a copy of a news clipping from Provo's newspaper The Herald on March 18, 1976 which shows an 1893 class at BYA. The collection also contains two photocopied diaries from 1900 written by William Albert Nuttall, Margaret's husband, which describe his service as a Mormon missionary in New Zealand and include labor reports, financial ledgers, and a photograph of him with three other people. There are four original photographs belonging to this collection: missionaries in New Zealand, including William Nuttall; eighth-grade BYA students, 1899-1900, including Margaret Greer (Nuttall); ninth-grade BYA students, 1900, including Margaret Greer (Nuttall); and Brigham Young University students, 1902 or 1903, including Margaret Greer (Nuttall).