Joan Errea papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: BAQ096

Scope and Contents

The collection contains handwritten manuscripts and drafts, both in Basque and English, of Joan Errea's published and unpublished work, plus a small selection of memorabilia.


  • Majority of material found within 1990-2016
  • 1940-2017


Language of Materials

Materials in English and Basque.


Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site.

Biographical Note

Joan Errea (1934-2016), born Paris, was born in Ely (Nevada) in a Basque shepherds family. Both her parents, Arnaud Paris and Marie Jeanne Goyhenetche, were born in the Basque region of Lower Navarre and migrated to the American West, where they met and married. When Joan was born, the family still spent most of the year in a shepherding wagon, looking for the flock. Later, the family settled south of Ely and, finally, near Winnemucca. Here Joan learned English (Basque was family language), attended high-school and married to Louis Errea. Her father's death soon after arriving in Winnemucca, deeply impacted Joan's life and literary work, due to her close relationship with Arnaud who taught Joan to write poetry.

After retiring in 1998, Joan started to write, authoring several books and publishing two: My Mama Marie and A Man called Aita. Errea's writing is focused on family relations and the Basque shepherding experience in Nevada.


1 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)


The collection is arranged in a series per each literary work, plus a memorabilia series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Lianne Iroz and Louis M. Errea, Joan Errea's children, in 2018.

Related Materials

Wiliam A. Douglass Research Collection on Beltran Paris, BAQ046. Jon Bilbao Basque Library, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno.


  • Errea, J. (2013). My mama marie. Reno, Nevada: Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno.
  • Errea, J., & Salaburu Etxeberria, P. (2017). A man called aita. Reno: Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno.
  • Errea, J., & Salaburu Etxeberria, P. (2016). Aita deitzen zen gizona: A man called aita. Arre: Pamiela.


A Guide to the Papers of Joan Errea
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Jon Bilbao Basque Library Repository

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