Reno Divorce Correspondence

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About

Reno, Nevada was considered the Divorcce Capital of the World for six decades during the Twentieth Century. After the residency requirement was reduced to six weeks in 1931, thousands of men and women spent those weeks in boarding houses, hotels, and "divorce ranches" in Nevada. Special Collections, in the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries, hosts primary materials that document some of their experiences, including these letters to and from guest ranch proprietors, judges, and attorneys. If you would like to help transcribe these handwritten documents to make them more accessible, please contact Special Collections. For more information about Reno's divorce history, visit Illuminating Reno's Divorce Industry.

Works

90-16-4-5-1934-Marshall

90-16-4-5-1934-Marshall

A 1934 letter from John Marshall, the owner of the Desert Inn (later the Pyramid Lake Guest Ranch) to Carlton Kendall, a prospective buyer.

3 pages: 67% transcribed, 33% needs review
90-16-8-22-1933-Marshall

90-16-8-22-1933-Marshall

A 1933 letter from John Marshall, the owner of the Desert Inn (also known as the Sage), later the Pyramid Lake Guest Ranch to Mr. C. Kendall about the possibility of selling the ranch.

2 pages: 50% transcribed, 50% needs review
91-49-5-10-Gillespie

91-49-5-10-Gillespie

A 13-page letter to Joan Drackert from one of her former guests at the Pyramid Lake Ranch, written in November, 1964.

13 pages: 8% transcribed, 92% needs review
91-49-5-16-Giblin

91-49-5-16-Giblin

A four-page letter to Joan Drackert from Lois Giblin, a former guest who is homesick for the ranch.

4 pages: 100% transcribed
91-49-5-20-Calvert

91-49-5-20-Calvert

A letter to the Drackerts from a former divorce-seeking guest at the Pyramid Lake ranch, Peggy Calvert, updating them about her new husband.

3 pages: 0% transcribed, 100% needs review
91-49-5-25-Kelso

91-49-5-25-Kelso

A letter to Joan Drackert from a fellow divorce ranch proprietor, Maxine Kelso, in November, 1970.

4 pages: 50% transcribed, 50% needs review
91-49-5-4-01-Louise

91-49-5-4-01-Louise

Louise, a former guest, writes to Joan Drackert about her post-divorce life while she misses her time in Nevada.

3 pages: 100% transcribed
91-49-5-4-12-Norden

91-49-5-4-12-Norden

A Christmas card from the Norden family with a note from Marilou Norden, a former guest, to Harry and Joan.

1 page: 100% transcribed
91-49-5-4-AnnaMaria

91-49-5-4-AnnaMaria

Anna Maria, a former guest at the Pyramid Lake Ranch, asks Joan to help her get some Nevada jeans at Parker's Western Wear.

8 pages: 100% transcribed
91-49-5-Gwen

91-49-5-Gwen

A former guest is writing about getting her new life organized in New York and Connecticut.

3 pages: 67% transcribed, 33% needs review
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