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Overview of the Collection

Honeyman, Nan Wood
Nan Wood Honeyman papers
1901-1962 (inclusive)
1935-1962 (bulk)
4.17 cubic feet, (2 document cases, 6 flat boxes)
Collection Number
Mss 193
The collection consists of scrapbooks, personal and political correspondence, clippings, invitations and announcements, pamphlets, and ephemera, of Nan Wood Honeyman, the first woman from Oregon to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives (Democrat, 1937-1938).
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Nan Wood, daughter of C.E.S. Wood and Nanny Moale Smith, was born on July 15, 1881 in West Point, NY, where her father served as adjutant of the United States Military Academy. Two years later, her father resigned from the army and moved the family to Portland, Oregon to pursue a career in law.

Following graduation from St. Helen’s Hall, Nan studied at the Finch School in New York City. While attending a wedding, she met Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and developed a lasting friendship. In 1908, Nanny Wood married David Taylor Honeyman, an executive in his family’s hardware firm in Portland, and together they had three children: Nancy, David, and Judith. She actively supported local charities and organizations, as president of the Portland League of Women Voters, and board member of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, the Oregon Mental Hygiene Society, the American Red Cross, and Waverly Baby Home.

Nan Wood Honeyman’s political involvement increased as her maternal duties waned. She chaired the Oregon division of the Woman’s National Organization for Prohibition Reform and in 1933, as president of the state constitutional convention, witnessed the ratification of the 21st Amendment and the end to Prohibition. She is best known, however, as the first woman to represent Oregon in Congress, serving Oregon’s Third District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1937-1938. In her one term in Congress, she met and befriended another first-term congressman, Lyndon B. Johnson. Her congressional career was cut short, however, in a narrow defeat for re-election by Republican Homer Angell, and she failed again to regain her seat in 1940. Nevertheless, she spent a lifetime cultivating her political connections and working for Democratic Party causes

From 1941-1942, Honeyman served as the senior Pacific Coast representative of the U.S. Office of Price Administration, during which time she was also appointed to fill a vacant seat in the Oregon state senate. She resigned both posts to accept President Roosevelt’s appointment as District 29 customs collector in Portland, a position she held for eleven years.

Late in life, she moved to Woodacre, California, where she passed away December 10, 1970, leaving behind her brother Erskine Wood, son David Honeyman, daughter Nancy Robinson, five grandchildren and eight great-grand children.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Papers include scrapbooks, personal and political correspondence, clippings, invitations and announcements, pamphlets, and ephemera, mostly relating to Nan Wood Honeyman's involvement in the Democratic Party, her public service, especially in the U.S. House of Representatives, and political friendships and relations. Correspondents include: Alice, Eleanor, Franklin, and James Roosevelt; Sam Rayburn, Francis Biddle, Bernice Pyke, Adlai Stevenson, Fred Friendly, John F. Kennedy, Richard Neuberger, Wayne Morse, Lyndon Johnson, Matthew McClosky, and Monroe Sweetland. Other materials relate to her father, C.E.S. Wood, and a mural by artist Childe Hassam in the Honeyman's Portland home.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.

Preferred Citation

Nan Wood Honeyman papers, Mss 193, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection is arranged in the following series:

  • Series A: Personal papers, 1901, 1944, 1952-1962
  • Series B: Political papers, 1936-1961
  • Series C: Scrapbooks, 1935-1950

Acquisition Information

Library accession no. 9692

Processing Note

Scrapbooks have been interleaved with archival tissue and boxed.

Separated Materials

Theatre and concert programs, and scrapbooks compiled by Nan Wood Honeyman and her mother, Nanny Wood, are found in Mss 1523, Performing Arts collection, OHS Research Library.

Related Materials

Nan Wood Honeyman political correspondence, A53, University of Oregon Knight Library Special Collections, Eugene.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series A:  Personal papers, 1901, 1944,   (bulk 1952-1962) Return to Top

0.22 cubic feet (8 folders)
Container(s) Description Dates
Personal correspondence, incoming
1953-1962; undated
Personal correspondence, Roosevelt
Letters from Alice Roosevelt, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and her son James. Also includes correspondence from J.P. Butt, Roosevelt Traveling Scholar.
1901; 1944; 1952-1961
Personal correspondence, Childe Hassam mural
Includes color negative of the Childe Hassam mural in the Honeyman's home on Prospect Drive in Portland.
Personal correspondence, Madie Brown
Includes embroidered handkerchief made for Nan Honeyman by Madie Brown.
Personal correspondence, outgoing
Personal papers
Invitations, programs, and ephemera.
1956-1961; undated
Colonial Dames
Family papers
Materials pertaining to Nan Wood Honeyman's father, C.E.S. Wood (Charles Erskine Scott Wood).
1957; undated

Series B: Political papersReturn to Top

0.23 cubic feet (8 folders)
Container(s) Description Dates
Political correspondence (incoming and outgoing)
Correspondents include: Sam Rayburn, Francis Biddle, Bernice Pyke, Adlai Stevenson, Fred Friendly, John F. Kennedy, Richard Neuberger, Wayne Morse, Lyndon Johnson, Matthew McClosky, and Monroe Sweetland.
Congressional campaign materials
Congressional campaign - Speech of C.E.S. Wood
1936 September 25
Congressional Voting Record and legislative accomplishments
Radio and film transcripts
Invitations and programs
1953-1961; undated
Congressional District Roster
1960 March 22
Democratic Party and National Convention

Series C:  Scrapbooks, 1935-1950Return to Top

3.72 cubic feet (9 volumes in 1 document case and 6 flat boxes)

Nan Wood Honeyman's scrapbooks contain clippings, letters, programs, invitations, photographs, and ephemera, mostly relating to Oregon and national politics.

Container(s) Description Dates
Volume 1
Volumes 2 and 6
1936; 1938-1939
Volume 3
Volumes 4 and 5
1937; 1938
Volume 7
Volume 8
Volume 9

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Women legislators--Oregon--Correspondence
  • Women legislators--United States--Correspondence

Personal Names

  • Biddle, Francis, 1886-1968--Correspondence
  • Friendly, Fred W.--Correspondence
  • Hassam, Childe, 1859-1935--Painting
  • Honeyman, Nan Wood, 1881-1970--Archives (creator)
  • Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973--Correspondence
  • Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963--Correspondence
  • Longworth, Alice Roosevelt, 1884-1980--Correspondence
  • McCloskey, Matthew H. (Matthew Henry), 1893-1973--Correspondence
  • Morse, Wayne L. (Wayne Lyman), 1900-1974--Correspondence
  • Neuberger, Richard L. (Richard Lewis), 1912-1960--Correspondence
  • Pyke, Bernice (Bernice S.), 1879 or 80-1964.--Correspondence
  • Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962--Correspondence
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945--Correspondence
  • Roosevelt, James, 1907-1991--Correspondence
  • Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965--Correspondence
  • Sweetland, Monroe--Correspondence
  • Wood, Charles Erskine Scott, 1852-1944

Corporate Names

  • Democratic Party (Or.)
  • Democratic Party (U.S.)
  • United States. Congress. House.

Geographical Names

  • Oregon--Politics and government--1859-1950
  • Oregon--Politics and government--1951-
  • United States--Politics and government--20th century

Form or Genre Terms

  • Announcements
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Ephemera
  • Pamphlets
  • Scrapbooks