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Arthur Honeyman Papers

Overview

Abstract

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Detailed Description

Autobiography manuscripts

Wheel Press publications

Writings

Photographs

Newspaper Clippings

Miscellaneous



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Collection Overview

Title: Arthur Honeyman Papers, 1974-2008Add to your cart.

ID: SC/2009.4

Primary Creator: Honeyman, Arthur (1940-2008)

Extent: 6.0 Folders

Arrangement: This collection is organized into 6 folders: Autobiography Manuscripts; Wheel Press Publications; Writings; Photographs;  Newspaper Clippings;  and Miscellaneous.

Languages: English

Abstract

A small collection of Arthur Honeyman-related material including writings, photographs, and published works, donated by Rick Gillespie.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Arthur Honeyman Papers are comprised primarily of Honeyman's writings as well as photographs and newspaper clippings related to his life and works. Of particular note are various manuscripts of his autobiography, tentatively titled: Art for Arts Sake: An Autobiography of a Spastic.

Collection Historical Note

Arthur Honeyman was born in 1940 to Elizabeth and Charles Honeyman. He was raised in Sharon, MA. He was not allowed to attend public school because of his cerebral palsy, but his family insisted the school system provide him an education and he was homeschooled beginning in 1947. In 1952 he began attending Massachusetts Hospital School, a school for crippled children, as a sixth grader. He graduated high school from the Hospital School in 1952.

In 1949 his mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia and his father committed her to a private care facility. After Arthur's graduation, Charles Honeyman moved himself and his four children (Arthur, Elizabeth, Barbara, and Douglas) to Reno, NV and then to Portland, OR. With the help of his father, Arthur persuaded Portland State College to allow him to attend classes beginning in 1960. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in History in 1965 and later earned his Master of Arts in English from Portland State University in 1974.

He began writing in his 20s and published numerous volumes of poetry and children's stories for Wheel Press, a company he co-founded with his first wife, Jo Ann, in 1977. The couple sold his writings and her handmade papers and books at the Portland Saturday Market. His first Wheel Press book, a children's story called Sam and His Cart, was picked up by EMC Publishing and later adapted into a movie by director Daniel Hoffman in 1981.

Honeyman became involved with communal living in the 1960s, first in an urban commune and later on a communal farm on the northern coast of Oregon. During this same period, he became involved in anti-Vietnam War activism and civil rights. He burned his draft card, was arrested three times for protesting the Trojan Nuclear Plant, pushed his wheelchair from Portland to Salem to protest the lack of wheelchair access on busses, and ran twice for the Oregon State Legislature on a "Spastic Power" platform.

Honeyman worked as a teaching aide between 1975 and 1978 at John Adams High School in Portland. In 1979 he became a research analyst for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry, before moving on to serve on the Commission for the Handicapped board from 1983-1984.

During the later portion of his life, Honeyman commuted almost daily from his home in Gresham to the Portland State University campus to visit with friends and distribute his writings. He passed away in December of 2008 while visiting friends in Seattle, WA.

Biographical Note

Arthur Honeyman was born in 1940 to Elizabeth and Charles Honeyman. He was raised in Sharon, MA. Because of his cerebral palsy he was not allowed to attend public school. His family insisted the school system provide him an education and beginning in 1947 he was provided with a tutor for homeschooling. In 1952 he began attending Massachusetts Hospital School - a school for crippled children - as a sixth grader. He graduated high school from the Hospital School in 1959.

In 1949 his mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia and his father committed her to a private care facility. After Arthur's graduation, Charles Honeyman moved himself and his four children (Arthur, Elizabeth, Barbara, and Douglas) to Reno, NV and then to Portland, OR. With the help of his father, Arthur persuaded Portland State College to allow him to attend classes beginning in 1960. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in History in 1965 and later earned his Masters in Arts in English from Portland State University in 1974.

He began writing in his 20s and published numerous volumes of poetry and children's stories for Wheel Press, a company he cofounded with his first wife, Jo Ann, in 1977. The couple sold his writings and her handmade papers and books at the Portland Saturday Market. His first Wheel Press book, a children's story called Sam and His Cart, was picked up by EMC Publishing and later adapted into a movie by director Daniel Hoffman in 1981.

Honeyman became involved with communal living in the 1960s beginning with an urban commune and later as part-owner of a communal farm along the northern coast of Oregon. During this same period he became involved in anti-Vietnam War activism and civil rights. He burned his draft card; was arrested three times for protesting the Trojan Nuclear Plant; pushed his wheelchair from Portland to Salem to protest the lack of wheelchair access on busses; and ran twice for the Oregon State Legislature on a "Spastic Power" platform.

Honeyman worked as a teaching assistant between 1975 and 1978 at John Adams High School in Portland. In 1979 he became a research analyst for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry before moving on to serve on the Commission for the Handicapped board from 1983-1984.

During the later portion of his life, Honeyman commuted almost daily from his home in Gresham to Portland State University campus to visit with friends and distribute his writings. He passed away in December of 2008 while visiting friends in Seattle, WA.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Folder:

[Folder 1: Autobiography manuscripts, circa 2005-2008],
[Folder 2: Wheel Press publications, 1980-1987],
[Folder 3: Writings, 1974-2005],
[Folder 4: Photographs, 8 prints],
[Folder 5: Newspaper Clippings, 2005-2008],
[Folder 6: Miscellaneous],
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Folder 1: Autobiography manuscripts, circa 2005-2008Add to your cart.
Most frequently titled: Art for Arts Sake: An Autobiography of a Spastic
Folder 2: Wheel Press publications, 1980-1987Add to your cart.

All books written by Arthur Honeyman.

Sam and His Cart, illustrated by Michael de Waide, second edition 1980 EMC edition - originally a 1977 Wheel Press publication

The Claws and the Horns, drawings by Don Osborne, 1981

Epic, 1982

The Hands of the Poet, cover art by Helen Patti, 1986

Journeys II (More Essays), graphics and design by Jo Ann Honeyman, 1986

Saturday Market Encounter (A True Success Story!), 1986

vernal verse, illustrated by Jo Ann Honeyman, 1987

Folder 3: Writings, 1974-2005Add to your cart.
Poems and essays for a variety of different publications
Folder 4: Photographs, 8 printsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Newspaper Clippings, 2005-2008Add to your cart.
Folder 6: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Includes the promotional material, a poetry book by Michael Marsh signed to Art Honeyman, a music CD with handmade sleave by Rick Straw, prints of an unsigned painting of titled The Titanic, and a group of laminated art/poems by Mulder


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