(ASSOCIATED PRESS) — For nearly six decades, Reno was known as the divorce capital of the world because of liberal divorce laws that drew hundreds of thousands of estranged spouses from across the country, including Arthur Miller, Jack Dempsey, Clare Boothe Luce and Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr.
Now, a group of Nevada researchers is seeking personal stories from those who traveled to Nevada for "quickie" divorces from roughly 1910 to 1970.
The University of Nevada, Reno, library's Special Collections Department plans to feature recorded interviews in an extensive multimedia online exhibit about Reno's 20th century divorce trade, which hastened the acceptance of divorce in America.
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"Reno changed the national attitude about divorce," said Donnelyn Curtis, head of special collections and project co-curator. "We're finding a feeling of liberation from the letters of women we have in our collections."