George A. Bartlett Papers
Scope and Contents
The George A. Bartlett Papers include legal records and related files from law cases for which Bartlett was either the attorney or judge: divorces, probates, mining and water issues, paroles, guardianships, naturalizations, and wills. Other series include family and business correspondence, financial records, biographical materials, Bartlett family legal papers, Bartlett's literary manuscripts and notes, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr.'s manuscript "Swing Your Partner," political campaign files, aviation and National Aeronautical Association files, newspaper clippings, and court notebooks and records.
- Bartlett, George A. (George Arthur) (Creator, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
George Arthur Bartlett was born in San Francisco, California, on November 30, 1869 but moved to Eureka, Nevada, at a young age. Bartlett was educated in Nevada public schools, received a law degree in 1894 from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and returned to Eureka to begin his career practicing law. Bartlett was elected district attorney for Eureka County in 1898 and served a two year term. Bartlett moved his law practice to the new and thriving town of Tonopah in 1901 and five years later was elected to the United States Congress on the Democratic Silver Party ticket. He was re-elected in 1908 and served for two terms.
George Bartlett married Pearl Gates in 1899; they had four children. At the close of his two terms in Congress, the Bartlett's moved to Reno where he practiced law with prominent attorney, Frank N. Norcross. Bartlett was appointed District Judge of Washoe County in 1918 and again in 1921. He was then elected to the bench on his own merits and served from June 1, 1921 to December 31, 1930. On his retirement from the bench, Judge Bartlett devoted his time to private practice.
George Bartlett, one of the state's most prominent men, was very involved in Nevada politics. Bartlett's obituaries claimed he granted more than 20,000 divorces, earning him the sobriquet of "the divorce judge." His views on marriage and divorce, gleaned from his experience in handling scores of divorce cases during his career, were expressed in the book, Men, Women and Conflict, published in 1931 and re-issued in 1947 as Is Marriage Necessary? Bartlett also played a significant role in adjudication of water rights allocations of the Humboldt River and the Carson-Truckee Irrigation District.
Judge George Bartlett died at age 81 in Reno, Nevada, on June 1, 1951.
49 Linear Feet (55 boxes, 3 oversize folders)
Language of Materials
George Arthur Bartlett (1869-1951) was a Nevada lawyer; District Attorney of Eureka County, 1898-1900; District Court Judge of Reno, 1918 and 1921-1930; U.S. Representative from Nevada, 1906-1910; and author of the book Men, Women, and Conflict, 1931, which was revised and reissued in 1947 as Is Marriage Necessary? Bartlett's obituaries claimed he granted more than 20,000 divorces, earning him the sobriquet of "the Divorce Judge." He also played a significant role in adjudication of water rights allocations of the Humboldt River and the Carson-Truckee Irrigation District. The collection includes legal records and related materials from cases for which Bartlett was either the attorney or judge: divorces, estates, mining and water issues, paroles, guardianships, naturalizations, and wills. Other materials include family and business correspondence; financial records; biographical materials; Bartlett family legal papers; Bartlett's literary writings and notes; Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr.'s manuscript "Swing your partner."
Arranged into the following series: 1) Divorce Cases; 2) Estate Cases; 3) Miscellaneous Court Cases; 4) Legal Files and Papers; 5) Marriage Licenses; 6) Parole Records; 7) Mining Records; 8) Water; 9) Correspondence; 10) Financial Records; 11) Family Items and Memorabilia; 12) Literary Material; 13) Political and Government Material; 14) Organizations and Companies; 15) Newspaper Clippings; 16) Printed Material; 17) Photographs; 18) Books
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Margaret Bartlett Thornton in 1978.
Photographs transferred to the Special Collections photo archives as collection number UNRS-P1990-02.
Title pages of books from Bartlett's personal library were photocopied to preserve a record of his holdings; the books themselves were transferred to either the Special Collections or main library book stacks.
A Part of
Nevada women's archives.
- Aeronautics -- History -- United States
- Bartlett family
- Bartlett, George A. (George Arthur)
- Divorce -- Nevada
- Humboldt River (Nev.) -- Water rights
- Judges -- Nevada
- Lawyers -- Nevada
- Marriage -- Nevada
- National Aeronautical Association (U.S.)
- Nevada -- Politics and government
- Truckee-Carson Irrigation District
- Vanderbilt, Cornelius, Jr., 1898-1974 (Creator)
- Water rights -- Nevada
- Guide to the George A. Bartlett Papers
- Lenore Kosso
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description