The Melville Society is dedicated to the study and appreciation of the nineteenth-century American author Herman Melville, writer of Typee, Moby-Dick, and Billy Budd, such short stories as “Bartleby” and “Benito Cereno,” and several volumes of poetry, including Battle-Pieces and the epic Clarel
We publish the award-winning journal Leviathan which all members receive three times a year and which offers scholarly articles, book and art reviews, Society news, and Melville-related events. Membership is open to all. For information about Leviathan and joining The Melville Society click here.

The Eaton Portrait

Herman Melville JOEaton 95ppi 250wBy permission of Houghton Library, Harvard University: 61Z-4

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Melville Electronic Library

mel-thumb-crpd-3The Melville Electronic Library is an online resource for Melville texts. Housed on a Hofstra University server, MEL is being developed and maintained by a group of Melville scholars and digital specialists.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Melville Society Cultural Project

Melville Society and New Bedford Whaling Museum Cultural Project The New Bedford Whaling Museum in collaboration with The Melville Society is the established home of the Melville Society Cultural Project and Melville Society Archive. The Melville Society Archive is housed at the New Bedford Whaling Museum's Research Library, where significant works from this collection are also on display. The Melville Society Cultural Project also sponsors a book donation program and presents exciting annual events including the Moby-Dick Marathon and a Birthday Lecture.

Herman Melville's Arrowhead

BHS FB HM portraitHerman Melville's Arrowhead Facebook Group page of the Berkshire Historical Society. Celebrating historical Berkshire County and Herman Melville's Arrowhead, the farm and home where Melville lived while writing Moby-Dick.

Series II:

Jay Leyda left a box of papers with a friend during his peripatetic life. The contents of this collection comprise a wide assortment of materials and subjects of interest to Jay Leyda. One folder, labeled “Melville Log,” contained material concerning Leyda’s research and planning of that work, but also contained a variety of unrelated material. The rest of the papers range over a variety of subjects and were apparently packed randomly into this box.

In creating this finding aid, I have kept the papers in the “Melville Log” folder separate simply because Leyda labeled them in that manner. Scholars seeking information on Leyda’s research into Melville’s life and work should therefore seek it in both the “Melville Log” folder and the other Melville categories.

Much of the material contained herein is difficult or impossible to date with any certainty. Many of the individual sheets of paper have notes on several very different subjects related only by Leyda’s interest in them. I have categorized each piece according to its predominant subject, but those seeking minutia are encouraged to explore the entire collection carefully.

Detailed Container List

BOX 6: The Melville Log (9 folders)

6: Folder 1

Original file folder labeled “For the Log”

6: Folder 2

Organization of The Melville Log        

Sub-folder 6.2.1 Notes on organization (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.2.2 Notes on problems documenting Melville’s life (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.2.3 Notes on surviving manuscripts (6 items)

Sub-folder 6.2.4 List of Melville diaries (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.2.5 Reference calendar (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.2.6 Research at Abraham Lincoln Association (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.2.7 Quotations relating to organization of The Melville Log (3 items)

6: Folder 3

Printing Process                                                         

Sub-folder 6.3.1 Images (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.3.2 Lists of images, various notes (3 items)

Sub-folder 6.3.3 Timeline of periodical sources (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.3.4 Notes on galley; source for Mardi (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.3.5 Notes on galleys (2 items)

Sub-folder 6.3.6 Changes to galleys (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.3.7 Lists of pages, dates, 1 on back of script (3 items)

Sub-folder 6.3.8 Notes and questions for proofs (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.3.9 Notes, questions, corrections (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.3.10 Various notes (1 item)

6: Folder 4

Melville in the South Pacific

Sub-folder 6.4.1 Note on Medical Journal of Frigate UNITED STATES (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.4.2 Crew lists for UNITED STATES, LUCY ANN, ACUSHNET, Notes (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.4.3 Transcript of ACUSHNET’S final cargo 1845 (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.4.4 List of logbooks to be found (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.4.5 Notes on CHARLES AND HENRY logbooks (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.4.6 Transcripts of articles in South Pacific periodicals 1843-1853 (3 items)

6: Folder 5

Plates for The Melville Log

(4 items)

6: Folder 6

Articles on Melville     

(15 items)

6: Folder 7

Melville Society Newsletters

(21 items)

6: Folder 8

Copies of Herman Melville Correspondence

Sub-folder 6.8.1 Wiley and Patterson (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.8.2 John Romyn Brodhead (5 items)

Sub-folder 6.8.3 Richard Bentley (4 items)

Sub-folder 6.8.4 Evert Duyckinck (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.8.5 Haveland Ellis, notes (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.8.6 Professor McLanahan (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.8.7 Unidentified: Duyckinck? (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.8.8 Ben W. Austin (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.8.9 George Putnam (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.8.10 Excerpts from Melville/Duyckinck letters (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.8.11 Melville/Duyckinck social notes (4 items)

Sub-folder 6.8.12 Calendar of Melville letters in Duyckinck collection (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.8.13 Duyckinck (5 items)

Sub-folder 6.8.14 Editors of Literary World (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.8.15 Bentley Brodhead (1 item)

Sub-folder 6.8.16 Notes on Melville letters (2 items)

6: Folder 9

Various unrelated items found in The Melville Log folder

(6 items)


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Fellowships and Scholarships

Melville Society Archive
Walter E. Bezanson Fellowship
The Melville Society, under the auspices of the Melville Society Cultural Project in New Bedford, offers an annual fellowship to help a scholar undertake research on Herman Melville at the Society’s Archive in the Research Library of the Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts.


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New York Public Library
Short-term Research Fellowships


Graduate students or other affiliated academics whose work would benefit from visiting the Manuscripts and Archives Division to view collections such as the Gansevoort-Lansing collection, and Duyckinck family papers are encouraged to apply.


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From Our Photo Collections

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Woodlawn Cemetary

WoodlawnWoodlawn Cemetary - final resting place of Herman, his wife, Elizabeth, and other family members. Click here to view photos of the gravesites.

125th Anniversary Celebration

125th Woodlawn

A celebration of Melville's life at Woodlawn Cemetary on the 125th anniversary of his passing.

Lansingburgh Historical Society

Melville House

Melville lived for nine years in this Lansingburgh house. It was here that he wrote Typee and Omoo

Berkshire Historical Society

ArrowheadMelville's Arrowhead home and farm in Pittsfield, MA where he wrote Moby-Dick and lived for most of the 1850s.