Carol Pallesen Collection of Joanne de Longchamps Materials

Identifier: 2017-72
Collection contains a signed poem entitled "Waterside," a signed copy of the book One Creature: Poems and Collages, both by Nevada artist and author Joanne de Longchamps, and a newspaper clipping about de Longchamps from the Reno Gazette Journal.


  • circa 1970s-2009
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1977



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.


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Joanne de Longchamps was a Nevada artist and poet who taught poetry at the University of Nevada, Reno. Collection contains signed "Waterside" poem and a signed copy of the book One Creature: Poems and Collages, both by by de Longchamps, and a newspaper clipping about her.

Biographical Note

Joanne Cutten de Longchamps was born in Los Angeles in 1923 and attended schools in Los Angeles and Paris where she studied painting and music. She was encouraged to pursue her artistic and literary talents by her mother, Ruth Avery Cutten, herself a drama coach and producer. In 1941, when Joanne was 18, she married Galen De Longchamps, adopted son of the prominent Nevada architect Frederic De Longchamps. The couple moved to Reno, where they lived for the rest of their lives and in 1949 they had one son, Dare. She later changed the spelling of her last name.

From an early age, poetry dominated de Longchamps' life. She wrote her first poem at the age of 5; her poems were regularly published in her school newspaper. She took poetry seriously and was persistent in her efforts to publish her work, eventually having her poems featured in more than 300 magazines and producing seven volumes of poetry. She won the Reynold's Lyric Award (1954) for her poem “R.S.V.P.”, the Carolina Quarterly Award, and the Nevada Governor's Art Award for Literature in 1983. In 1989, she was inducted in the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Writer's Hall of Fame.

In the 1950s, de Longchamps began exploring the medium of collage as a way of adding a visual element to her poetry. She audited virtually every course offered by the Art Department at the University of Nevada, Reno and became involved with both campus and community galleries. Joanne de Longchamps accumulated several awards for her artwork, which was exhibited throughout Nevada and northern California.

Thematically, both de Longchamps' poetry and art embraces the natural and animal world, and after moving to Reno her poems focus on a distinctly Nevadan landscape. She loved the air, open spaces, and light of Nevada and imbedded in her poems and collages are images of stones, insects, mountains, animals, and the colors and sounds of the high desert.

Beginning in 1962 and continuing intermittently for the next decade, de Longchamps taught poetry at the University of Nevada, Reno; in 1973 she was appointed the first Walter Van Tilburg Clark Chair in Creative Writing. Throughout her career, she continued to attend poetry workshops, give readings, and lecture to clubs and student groups on the subject of poetry.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Carol Pallesen in September 2017.

Related Archival Materials

Related archival materials held by the UNR Special Collections Department:

Nancy Baker Collection of Joanne de Longchamps Materials (99-23) Joanne de Longchamps Papers (84-09) Reno, Fantastic Reno (sheet music) (92-15)

Related materials: Cataloged copies of the book can be found under LC call # PS3507.E527 O5.

Separated Materials

One collage "A Dream of Shores" and two watercolor paintings of fruit (both untitled) were transferred to Special Collections Art Collection as UNRS-A2017.001, UNRS-A2017.002, and UNRS-A2017-003. One photo of de Longchamps signing "One Creature" transferred to Special Collections Photo Archive as collection number UNRS-P2017-19.


An Inventory to the Carol Pallesen Collection of Joanne de Longchamps Materials
Jessica Maddox
November 2017
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Repository Details

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

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