Reno Divorce Ephemera Collection

Identifier: 2015-14
Collection contains two documents, one multipage movie publicity press book for the film All Roads Lead to Reno distributed in 1923 by Goldwyn Pictures, and the March 1936 issue of the magazine True Story, which includes the story "Reno Madness". As described on its cover, the article is a true story of "what happened to one woman's soul in American's divorce mill."


  • 1923; 1936



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0.01 Cubic Feet (2 items)


Reno, Nevada's reputation for granting a quick divorce was widely known and often featured in print and film in the early to mid 20th century. The two publications, one from 1923 and another from 1936, included in this collection are examples of the kind of material published about Reno's divorce industry.

Historical Note

Divorce was a prominent fixture in Nevada since the 1900s. When the state residency requirement was shortened to just 6 weeks in 1931, it led to Reno becoming known as the divorce capital. Individuals seeking quick divorces came to Reno from across the country and lived in one of the many subdivided homes, hotels, and ranches that catered to divorce seekers. Reno's reputation was widely known and often featured in film and print. The publications included in this collection, collected by Robert Stodal, are two examples of the kind of material published about Reno and its divorce industry.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Robert Stodal in June 2015.


An Inventory to Reno Divorce Publications Collection
Jessica Maddox
April 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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