Leviathan

whale-trp200Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies appears three times a year in March, June, and October. We welcome articles, notes, reviews, and creative writing on the life, works, and influence of novelist and poet Herman Melville (1819-1891). Click here for more information.

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.

Art Works

(Stored in Archive Flat File)

Inventory compiled by Bob Wallace and Wyn Kelley

(updated June 2018)

DRAWER 1

Art Object:

Doubloon in small flat box (taped shut), 1-9/16” diameter.

Purchased from Bill Vreeland, 2010.

CDs and DVDs of Melville Artists and Performers:

Christodoulou, Athanasios. DVD of documentary film (in Greek with English subtitles) of Thanasis Christodoulou’s engagement with Moby-Dick as a translator and as a visual artist.

Gift from the artist, brought to the Archive by Bob Wallace on January 2, 2014.

Del Tredici, Robert. DVD of Robert Del Tredici’s lecture featuring his lifelong engagement with MD in the Digitorium of Northern Kentucky University on November 21, 2013. Title of lecture: “Whales, Wellsprings, Cracks, and the Spirit of Annihilation: What Drives My Art.”

Brought to the Archive by Bob Wallace on January 2, 2014.

Eckert, Rinde. DVD of University of Southern California performance of Rinde Eckert, And God Created Great Whales (c. 2009).

Donated by Bob Wallace.

Heggie, Jake, and Gene Scheer. CD audio recording of World Premiere production of Heggie & Scheer’s Moby-Dick by the Dallas Opera, April – May 2010.

Gift of the Dallas Opera Company from Jonathan Pell via Bob Wallace.

Illouz, Claire. DVD of lecture by Caire Illouz, “Why Artist Books?” Delivered at Northern Kentucky University, Feb. 1, 2011.

Donated by Bob Wallace.

Kish, Matt. DVDs of two presentations Matt Kish made at Northern Kentucky University on April 16, 2013. The one entitled “Live Drawing” shows him creating a new Moby-Dick drawing before a live audience in the Digitorium of the College of Informatics. The other records an illustrated lecture about his MD project similar to the one he gave at the NBWM at the January 2013 Marathon.

Donated by Bob Wallace, September 9, 2013.

Drawings, original:

Kish, Matt. Black portfolio. 16 drawings. Page numbers 45, 112, 106, 182, 295, 379, 416, 420, 459, 469, 494, 504, 510, 204, and 195. From Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page. Tin House Press. 2011. Have acquired two copies of the book (one paper, one hard cover). The books are being kept in the General Collection section of the Archive. NOTE: Four additional Kish drawings, nos. 010, 334, 363, and 465 have been donated by Beth Schultz to the Elizabeth Schultz Collection at the NBWM.

MSCP art acquisition for 2012.

Kish, Matt. Black portfolio. 12 original drawings of the crew of the Pequod, each 8 x 10 inches. Queequeg, Dagoo, Tashtego, Starbuck, Stubb, Flask, Fleece, Pip, Fedallah, Ahab I, Ahab II, Ishmael.

MSCP art acquisition for 2013.

Films:

Billy Budd [histmov?]

Moby Dick, Orson Welles

Bartleby the Scrivener: 2 films: Encyclopedia Britannica; English film with Paul Scofield

All donated by Harrison Hayford.

Posters:

Poster, framed: Bartleby, Oberlin.

A new opera by Walter Aschaffenburg, libretto by Jay Leyda

Nov. 12, 13, 14, 1964

Image by Leonard Baskin, 16-1/2 x 21-3/4 in.

Poster 33-3/4 x 22-1/4 in.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

Poster, framed: Melville an XXeme Siecle, 6 au 9 mai 1974 (centre cultural américain)

Frame 23 x 11-1/4 x 1-1/2 in. (wood base)

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

Poster, unframed: Matt Kish, Ahab: A Film by Brian Holton. Signed. 2013.

Donated by Bob Wallace.

Stamps:

Herman Melville stamps. First day of issue, 1970, 1984. 25 total.

Donated by Joel Myerson.

Art Works stored in Archive Flat File

(inventory updated June 2018)

 

DRAWER 2

Engraving:

Framed colored engraving. “Herman Melville.” Artist William Edwin Rudge. Engraver Constance Naar. Frame 21 x 17 in. 1930.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

LP Records:

LP Record. “Charles Laughton as Ahab. Moby Dick.” Decca. 1949.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

LP records (2). “Songs and Cycles.” William Flanagan. Pianist David Del Tredici. Desto Records. New Jersey. “The Melville Cycle.” includes “Time’s Long Ago” (1951), “Pisa’s Leaning Tower,” “The Night-March,” “Monody,” “Under the Ground,” and “Lament.” Also songs based on A. E. Housman, Walt Whitman (“Good-By My Fancy”). Wrote a one-act opera based on “Bartleby.”

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

LP record. “Songs of the Whaling Era.” Folkways Records. 1962.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

LP Record. John Tavener. “The Whale.” 1970. London Symphonietta. Conductor David Atherton. Dramatic cantata. Based on Jonah and the Whale. Apple Records.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

LP Record. Musical Score from the film “Whaler Out of New Bedford.” Based on Original Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Round the World. And Other Songs of the Whaling Era. Folkways Records. Produced by Francis Thompson Inc. Sung by Ewan McColl and Peggy Seager.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

Mixed Media:

Del Tredici, Robert. Seven Moby-Dick prints in mixed media, silver halide on archival Fuji metallic paper, approximately 11 X 15 inches, 2013-15. Plus invoice. Black Parliament (2013), Torn Body/Gashed Soul (2013), Ubiquitous (2014), Strike the Sun (1969-2014), Coffin Tap (1969-2015), Rings of Eternity (2015), Bottom of the Sea (2013).

MSCP art acquisition for 2016.

Hack, Caroline. Three Hand-made “Books” of Cetology Whales (each “Book” is itself a set hand-made books identified as consecutive “chapters.” Book I 8 ½” by 4 ½”): Ch 1 Sperm Whale; Ch 2 Right Whale; Ch 3 Fin Back Whale; Ch 4, Hump Back Whale; Ch 5 Razor Back Whale; Ch 6 Sulphur Bottom Whale; Book II (8 ½” X 3 ½”): Ch 1 Grampus, Ch 4 Killer, Chap 5 Thrasher; Book II Ch 2 Blackfish; Book II Ch 3 Narwhale. Book III (5” X 4 ½”): Ch 1 Huzza Porpoise, Ch 2 Algerine Porpoise, Ch 3 Mealymouth Porpoise. Invoice and three postcards.

MSCP art acquisition in 2017.

Photographs:

Photograph. Terence Stamp as Billy Budd. From Peter Ustinov film, 1962. 13-1/2 x 16-1/4 in.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

Photograph, framed. Young couple (unnamed man with beard and woman). Label on back: Larew’s Galleries, 519-21 Main, Evanston IL. Frame 16 x 13 in.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

Posters:

Poster. ”The Creative Whale.” Display of prints and artifacts on Melville at Kent State. April 28-May 2. Howard Vincent. Exhibit and speakers. Three copies.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

Poster, framed. Deux Soirees Litteraires Dans le Cadre Du Programme de L’Agregation. “Le Retour de Moby Dick.” 1978.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

Poster. Northwestern-Newberry Edition. The Writings of Herman Melville.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

Reproductions:

Mad Magazine. Reproduction, enlarged. “Future Broadway Musicals Based on Famous Literary Classics. Where’s Moby? Based on Moby Dick by Herman Melville.” Mad Magazine parody.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

“A Plan of Berkshire County in 1776.” Reproduction, modern. Crane Paper. Dalton, MA.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

Typee. Enlarged cover art iIlustration. Typee. Avon Paperback Books. 35 cents.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

Volkswagen. Two reproductions. Photo of a Volkswagen wheel with quotation from Moby-Dick, “Christmas” chapter.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

Sheet Music:

Safford, Carl M. Safford. “The Whale.” Boston Music Company. 1931. Inscribed “4/27/65.”

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

Wrapping Paper:

Piece of whale-patterned wrapping paper. Blue ground and white whale.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

Art Works stored in Archive Flat File

(inventory updated June 2018)

 

DRAWER 3

Booklet:

Christodoulou, Athanasios. Reproduction of “Loomings,” one image with text, from Christodoulou’s Iconographies on Herman Melville’s Novel Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. Copy 8. Part One. 2011. Dedicated to Melville Society Cultural Project.

Donated by Athanasios Christodoulou.

Drawings, original:

Callahan, Aileen. Manila folder. Aileen Callahan, “Skin’s Paths/Moby Dick.” Charcoal. 2010. 22-1/2 w x 30 h in. This drawing was framed for exhibition by MSCP and is being stored in the vertical archives of the NBWM.

MSCP art acquisition for 2010.

Christodoulou, Athanasios. Box of 30 original Moby-Dick drawings entitled Iconographies #3, gift of the artist brought by a personal courier (family acquaintance) from Volos, Greece, via Bob Wallace. [A digital set of many of these same drawings was sent to Bob Wallace and bound at his university for deposit in the archive, where it is probably housed with the art book in the book shelves.]

Donated by Athanasios Christodoulou.

Engravings:

Rohse, Otto. Folder, wood engravings of Herman Melville, “Cock-A-Doodle-Doo.” Contains one print: “Of the crowing of the noble cock Beneventano.” Two proof copies of engraving. In plastic sleeve.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

Piranesi. Manila folder. “Melville on Piranesi.” Gehenna Press and the Meriden Gravure. 1969. Broadside and engraving. Engraving: from Piranesi’s “Carceri.” Broadside: “Piranesi Canto from Clarel.

Donated by Louis Howland.

Lithographs:

Spruance, Benton. Moby Dick. The Passion of Ahab. “DeLuxe Edition.” Lithographs. Text by Lawrance Thompson. 1968.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

Photo-Reproductions:

Spruance, Benton. Four photo-reproductions of Benton Spruance prints in loose mounting mattes. With receipt.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

Art Works stored in Archive Flat File

(inventory updated June 2018)

 

DRAWER 4

Art work, original:

De Los Reyes, Tony. Archival envelope. Contains book between cardboards, blue tape. 2011 Tony De Los Reyes. A Closer Reading, 2011. Letterpress on paper. 7-5/8 x 5 in. 10/10 (edition of 10). $500.

MSCP art acquisition for 2011.

Folders:

Folder. Metcalf, Eleanor. Note from Eleanor M. Metcalf to Walter and Beth Bezanson. Cambridge, Sept. 9, 1959. “This is to notify you of our change of address . . . ”

Donated by Walter Beanson and Gail Coffler.

Folder. Melville, Herman. Two Herman Melville signatures. One in paper envelope. One in plastic folder: note identifying the autograph as gift to Walter Bezanson from Melville grand-daughter Eleanor M. Metcalf.

Donated by Walter Beanson and Gail Coffler.

Folder, Melvill, Thomas. Signature of Thomas Melvill, Herman Melville’s grandfather. Dated June 4, 1795. Customs document for importing of one cask of Lisbon wine.

Donated by Walter Beanson and Gail Coffler.

William Reese Art Works in Melville Society Archives:

All donated by William Reese.

Box 1. MSA 2009.1.1-4 William Reese, one large box with four drawings by Frank T. Merrill for the edition of Mardi published by the St. Bartolph Society in Boston in 1923. 4 proofs. Box 24-1/2 x 20-1/2 x 1-1/2 in. Accompanied by Nov. 25, 2008 letter from Bill Reese making the donation.

Mardi, p. 57. “You are no ghost?” [sailors encounter natives on deck]. Mount 20 x 15 in, image 20 x 12 ¾ in.

Mardi, p. 272. “They stood in the water and cursed me.” Mount, 20 x 14 in, image 20 x 12 in.

Mardi, p. 391. “Lo the damsels three! Look where they come.” Mount 20 x 14 in, image 16 x 9 ¾ in.

Mardi, p. 112 [121]. “Before me crouched a beautiful girl.” Mount 20 x 15 in, image 20 x 12 ½ in.

 

Box 2. William Reese prints.

Envelope 1. Negative and positive images of William Reese prints.

Envelope 2. Robert K. Wallace essay on the Reese prints. Complete inventory of Reese prints from Melville’s collection.

Oversized folder.

  1. Reni, Guido (artist). Biondi, Vincent (engraver). “Beatrix Cenci.”
  2. Photo of same.

Portfolio. Large brown portfolio. Contains loose folders with Reese prints (too large for box 2).

  1. Decamps, “Le Loup et les Bergers”
  2. Watteau, “Finette”
  3. “The Gate of the Black Friars”
  4. “The Plan of the Waterloo Bridge”
  5. Ravenet, “Cromwell”

Art Works stored in Archive Flat File

(inventory updated June 2018)

 

DRAWER 5

Art works, original:

Illouz, Claire. The Whiteness. With description, transcription of text, receipt in manila folder. Customized box with textured cover. Slipcase.

MSCP art acquisition for 2009.

Spear, Duston. “This day begins.” Hand-made art on three folded sheets. Approx. 22 7/8” X 17 1/8”. 2017.

MSCP art acquisition for 2017.

Charts:

Folder 1.

  1. British Admiralty Survey. 1933. The Naze to Orfordness. Marked.
  2. Gerrans Bay to Bigbury Bay. 1855-1913.

Donated by Wilson Heflin.

Folder 2.

  1. Harbors on the Coast of Chile. Naval Chart. 1926.
  2. Papeete Harbor. 1937.

Donated by Wilson Heflin.

Folder 3.

Chart of Ile Nukuhiva. French Survey. 1881. Publ. 1947.

Donated by Wilson Heflin.

Folder 4.

  1. Reproduction. Whale Chart. M. F. Maury. 1851.
  2. Duplicate.
  3. Duplicate.

Donated by Wilson Heflin.

DVD:

Eckert, Rinde. And God Created Great Whales, two-person performance piece.

Donated by Bob Wallace.

Illustration:

Joëlle Jolivet. Illustrations et Linogramme. Moby Dick. Ingénierie papier de Gérard Lo Monaco. Le livre diorama d’aprés de Herman Melville. Gallimard Jeunesse. Septembre 2010.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

Reproductions:

Brig Somers. Large folder, 34 x 24 in. Given to Harry Hayford, 1959, by Francesca Tillona. 2 large microfilm reproductions from New York Herald, New York (letter to Hayford from Prentice Hall)

  1. 1. Front page headline: “Map Illustrative of the position of the Somers on the Day of the Execution of Spencer, Cromwell, and Small.” Map plus “Trial of Commander McKenzie,” “Thirteenth ? Day, Feb. 16.” 23 x 18 in.
  2. 2. New York Herald, May 11, 1843, [n. p.]. “The Somers Tragedy Once More.” 23 x 18 in.

Donated by Harrison Hayford.

Frigate United States. Reproduction. Drawing of frigate United States.

Donated by Wilson Heflin.

Frigate United States. Photo reproduction. Plans for frigate United States.

Donated by Wilson Heflin.

Whalemen’s Shipping List. Envelope. “Whalemen’s Shipping List, and Merchant’s Transcript.” January 3, 1860.

Donated by Wilson Heflin.

Art Works stored in Archive Flat File

(updated June 2018)

 

ADDENDUM. Framed acquisitions not in flat file.

Callahan, Aileen. Skin’s Paths/Moby Dick. Charcoal on paper, 2010. 30 x 22-1/2 in. Framed by Rogers Gallery in Mattapoisett in 2013. Vertical storage, NBWM.

MSCP art acquisition for 2010.

Hodgkinson, Vanessa. Those that got away. Wwatercolor on paper. Inspired by her voyage on the Charles W. Morgan, June 2014. Framed. Vertical storage, NBWM.

MSCP art acquisition for 2014.

Martin, Peter Michael. Melville the Man. Paper-cut in black Tyvek, approximately 24 x 20 in. Mounted on museum board. Vertical storage, NBWM.

MSCP art acquisition for 2015.

Piercefield, Kathleen. Women of New Bedford. Etching and aquatint, framed, 2004. 29 x 22 in. MSCP 2009 acquisition in honor of James Russell’s becoming President of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, by whom it was framed. Vertical storage, NBWM.

MSCP art acquisition in 2009.

MSCP Art Acquisitions by Year

2009: Illouz, Claire. The Whiteness. With description, transcription of text, receipt in manila folder. Customized box with textured cover. Slipcase.

Flat File Drawer 5.

2010: Callahan, Aileen. Skin’s Paths/Moby Dick. Charcoal on paper, 2010. 30 x 22-1/2 in. Framed by Rogers Gallery in Mattapoisett in 2013.

Vertical storage, NBWM.

2011: De Los Reyes, Tony. Archival envelope. Contains book between cardboards, blue tape. 2011 Tony De Los Reyes. A Closer Reading, 2011. Letterpress on paper. 7-5/8 x 5 in. 10/10 (edition of 10).

Flat File Drawer 4.

2012: Kish, Matt. Black portfolio. 16 drawings. Page numbers 45, 112, 106, 182, 295, 379, 416, 420, 459, 469, 494, 504, 510, 204, and 195. From Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page. Tin House Press. 2011. Have acquired two copies of the book (one paper, one hard cover). The books are being kept in the General Collection section of the Archive. NOTE: Four additional Kish drawings, nos. 010, 334, 363, and 465 have been donated by Beth Schultz to the Elizabeth Schultz Collection at the NBWM.

Flat File Drawer 1.

2013: Kish, Matt. Black portfolio. 12 original drawings of the crew of the Pequod, each 8 x 10 inches. Queequeg, Dagoo, Tashtego, Starbuck, Stubb, Flask, Fleece, Pip, Fedallah, Ahab I, Ahab II, Ishmael.

Flat File Drawer 1.

2014: Hodgkinson, Vanessa. Those that got away. Wwatercolor on paper. Inspired by her voyage on the Charles W. Morgan, June 2014. Framed.

Vertical storage, NBWM.

2015: Martin, Peter Michael. Melville the Man. Paper-cut in black Tyvek, approximately 24 x 20 in. Mounted on museum board.

Vertical storage, NBWM.

2016: Del Tredici, Robert. Seven Moby-Dick prints in mixed media, silver halide on archival Fuji metallic paper, approximately 11 X 15 inches, 2013-15. Plus invoice. Black Parliament (2013), Torn Body/Gashed Soul (2013), Ubiquitous (2014), Strike the Sun (1969-2014), Coffin Tap (1969-2015), Rings of Eternity (2015), Bottom of the Sea (2013).

Flat File Drawer 2.

2017: Spear, Duston Spear. “This day begins.” Hand-made art on three folded sheets. Approx. 22 7/8” X 17 1/8”. 2017.

Flat File Drawer 5.

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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.

 

Click here for more information and application details.

 

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.

 

Click here for more information and application details.

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.