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 The Melville Society Archive

Descriptions of the 23 folders contained in box 1


The download link listed at the beginning of each description
of a folder's contents is linked to a Word file containing that same description.


Melville Society Box 1: Folder #1 (1943-1945)


  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:

Raymond Adams (2), Charles Anderson (2), James I. Babb, Jack Birss (10), William Braswell, Philo C. Calhoun (2), William Charvat, Harry H. Clark (4), Reginald L. Cook, Merrell R. Davis (2), Elizabeth Foster, (2) F. Barron Freeman, Nelle Fuller, Clarence Ghodes, Ethel-Mae Haave, Walter Harding, Walter Hendricks, Francis H. Henshaw (2), Harold A. Larrabee, Kenneth Kurtz, Jay Leyda, Tom A. Little (2), Bertha L. Lyons, Thomas O. Mabbott, Luther S. Mansfield (2), Eleanor Melville Metcalf (2), Gordon H. Mills, Egbert Oliver (3), Frances T. Osborne, Harry F. Pommer, David Potter, Lawrence Clark Powell (2), Robert Price (2), Gordon Roper, 2nd Lt. (2), Merton Sealts (2), Richard Sewall, Robert E. Spiller, Margaret C. Stahl, Randall Stewart, Willard Thorp (4), Howard Vincent (4), Bertrand M. Wainger, Gilmore Warner, R. E. Watters (2), Harry W. Wells (5), Viola C. White (3), Stanley T. Williams (4), Napier Wilt (2)

  1. From Tyrus Hillway, to:

David Potter


Connecticut College lecture announcement

Egbert Starr Library (Middlebury College)


Melville Society Extracts

The Thoreau Society (Walter Harding, Sec.)

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Melville Society Box 1: Folder #2 (1945-1946)


  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:

Charles R. Anderson (5), William S. Annin, James T. Babb, Whitman Bennett, Beryl Bezanson, Nettie M. Bezanson, John Birss (18), W. G. Blankenship, Jr. (3), I. W. Brock, (2), Perc S. Brown (England Brothers, Inc.), Philo C. Calhoun (2), Norma Clark, Merrell Davis, Norman V. Donaldson, John Fall, Samuel T. Farquhar, Margaret L. Fayer, Sara D. Ferris, Elizabeth Foster (4), F. Barron Freeman (2), Marjorie Mueller Freer, James D. Hart, Walter Hendricks, Keith Huntress, Johnny [?], Harold B. Johnson (2), Alfred Kazin (2), Tom A. Little, T. O. Mabbott (3), Luther S. Mansfield (3), F. O Matthiessen (2), Eleanor Melville Metcalf (2), Gordon H. Mills, Kenneth B. Murdoch, Henry Alonzo Myers, Egbert Oliver (3), Arthur Palme, Henry Pommer, Lawrence Clark Powell, Richard Purcell, Gordon Roper, Lt., Roger L. Scaife (3), Merton M. Sealts, Jr., Mrs. M. M. Sealts, Jr., Robert E. Spiller (2), Willard Thorp (6), Howard Vincent (6), Gilmore Warner, R. E. Watters, Harry W. Wells, Viola C. White (2), Stanley T. Williams (8)

  1. From Tyrus Hillway, to:

Willard Thorp, Roger L. Scaife, Walter Hendricks

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Melville Society Box 1: Folder #3 (1946)


  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:

Charles Anderson (2), James Babb, Walter Bezanson, Jack Birss (19), Lyman R. Bradley, William Braswell (3), Carvel Collins, Reginald Cook (2), Charles N. Feidelson, Jr. (2), William H. Gilman (5), E. Byrne Hackett, Walter Harding, Walter Hendricks, Kenneth Kurtz, Percy W. Long, Luther S. Mansfield, Ignatius G. Mattingly, Eleanor Melville Metcalf (2), Edward J. Moore (2), Henry A. Murray (3), Robert G. Newman (2), Egbert Oliver, Victor Hugo Paltsis (4), L. C. Powell, Richard D. Purcell, Gordon Roper, Robert Russell, Douglas Sackman, Merton Sealts (3), R. W. Short, Robert E. Spiller (3), H. G. Thompson, Jr., Willard Thorp (3), Gilmore Warner (2), Harry W. Wells, Stanley T. Williams, Ernest Zechiel

  1. From Tyrus Hillway, to:

William Braswell, Elizabeth Foster, Walter Harding, Percy W. Long, Richard D. Purcell, MacDonald Steers, Howard P. Vincent

  1. From Howard P. Vincent, to:

Jack Birss


Centennial Edition of Sidney Lanier


Colby Library Quarterly (January 1946)

Melville Society Extracts

Thoreau Society Bulletin (April 1946)

Thoreau Society Bulletin (July 1946)

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Melville Society Box 1: Folder #4 (1946-1947)


  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:

Nelson Adkins, B. Alsterlund (3), Charles Anderson (2), Newton Arvin (2), James Baird, John Birss (12), Anthony Bower, James Boyden (2), William Braswell, C.C. [?], Chris Cassimus, Beverly Chase, Richard Chase, C. DeWitt Coffman, Reginald Cook, Russell Davis, Henry Grattan Doyle (3), E.H. Eby, Verne George, William Gilman, G. Giovannini, James Hart, Walter Hendricks, Eugenia Henry, Johns Hopkins English Department [Charles Anderson], Ambrose Keyes (2), Kenneth Kurtz (2), Tom Little (4), T.O. Mabbott (3), Luther Mansfield, Marjorie [?], F.O. Matthiessen, I.G. Mattingly, Tremaine McDowell, Henry Murray, Henry Myers, Egbert Oliver, Victor Hugo Paltsits, Richard Purcell (2), Gordon Roper, Wilbur Scott, Merton Sealts (4), Sewanee Review, Jean Simon, Robert Stael, Margaret Stahl (2), Edward Stackpole, Willard Thorp (2), Alexander Vietor (2), Howard Vincent (3), Hyatt Howe Waggoner, Gilmore Warner, Stanley Williams (2), Nathalia Wright (3)

  1. From Tyrus Hillway, to:

Bibliographical Society of America, Robert Bolwell, William Braswell, Lt. Col. E.S. Clark, Henry Doyle, Elizabeth Foster, F.B. Freeman, Wilson Heflin, Walter Hendricks (2), Jene’s Italian Restaurant, Henry R. Luce, Luther S. Mansfield, Agnes Morewood, Nantucket Historical Association, Robert Newman, James Purcell (2), Merton Sealts, Jean Simon (3), Station WJZ (ABC), Thoreau Society, Willard Thorp, Howard P. Vincent (2), Walter Yust



Offprint from Publisher’s Weekly


“Thoreau’s Incarceration”


The Collector: A Magazine for Autograph and Historical Collectors

Thoreau Society Bulletin (4)

Newspaper Clippings:

Newspaper clippings about Marlboro College (3)


Index card with notes

Note on pamphlet

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Melville Society Box 1: Folder #5 (1948)


  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:

Nelson T. Adkins (2), Charles R. Anderson, Montgomery Belgion, Walter E. Bezanson, John Birss (22), William Braswell (4), Kenneth W. Cameron, Richard V. Chase, Carvel Collins, Reginald L. Cook, Merrell R. Davis, Elizabeth Foster, John T. Frederick (2), Marjorie Mueller Freer, Rod E. Geiger (note from Dorothy Rucker, Drama Dept. Secretary, New York Herald Tribune, with his address), Muriel Goodloe (Secretary to the Editors, University of Kansas City Review), Taylor Graves, Walter Harding, S. I. Hayakama, Wilson L. Heflin, Walter Hendricks (2), Francis H. Henshaw (State Librarian, Texas State Library), Carolyn E. Jakeman, Hazel A. Johnson (Librarian, Connecticut College), Joseph Jones (2), J. J. Kelleher (Circulation Manager, The Standard-Times, New Bedford, MA), Kenneth Kurtz, Jay Leyda, Thomas A. Little (4), Francis V. Lloyd, Jr., Luther S. Mansfield (2), Eleanor Melville Metcalf (4), Agnes Morewood (2), Robert G. Newman (2), Egbert S. Oliver, Frances T. Osborne, Victor Hugo Paltsits (4), Marion L. Phillips (Alumni Registrar, Yale University), Walter Pilkington (American Notes & Queries) (2), Pittsfield Blue Print Company, Henry F. Pommer, Richard Purcell (2), Robert Russell, Douglas Sackman, Merton Sealts (6), Edouard A. Stackpole, May M. Thayer (Berkshire Evening Eagle), H. G. Thompson, Jr., Willard Thorp (2), Alexander O. Vietor, Howard P. Vincent (3), R. E. Watters, Helen B. Wetzel (Secretary, Hendricks House) (2), Walter Yust

  1. From Tyrus Hillway, to:

Nelson F. Adkins, Carolyn Victor, Hugo Paltsits,

  1. To John Birss, from:

Armond Frasca, R. R. Bowker Company (annotated by John Birss)


Connecticut College: Tyrus Hillway and Richard V. Chase, speakers, “Herman Melville: His Life and Ideas”

Hendricks House Edition, Packard and Company ($55. per set)

Henry David Thoreau

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, edited by Willard Thorp

Rinehart Editions


Thoreau Society Bulletin (3)

University of Kansas City Review

Newspaper Clipping:

“Marlboro College Ends First Term; Future Seems Bright” (Bellows Falls Times, Dec. 18, 1947)


Note on editions of Collected Poems

Tally of “Vote for member of Executive Committee (1948-52) Melville Society”


Receipt from Pittsfield Blue Company

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Melville Society Box 1: Folder #6 (1948)


  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:
  1. B. Adams, B. Alsterlund, Lawrence P. Belden, Whitman Bennett, Walter Bezanson, John Birss (54), William Braswell (7), Kenneth Walter Cameron, William Charvat, Robert E. Christin, Jr., Courtney Crocker, Jr. (2), William H. Dennis, William S. Dix, Elizabeth Foster, Roger B. Francis, Taylor Graves, Wilson Heflin, Charles Huguenin (2), Eleanor S. Hunneman, Harold Larrabee, Lewis Leary (3), Jay Leyda, I. G. Mattingly, Edward J. Moore, Charles W. Morton, Patrick O’Higgins, Egbert Oliver, Victor Hugo Paltsits, William R. Parker (2), Norman Holmes Pearson, Wilbur S. Scott, Annette Seldon, Edouard A. Stackpole, Randall Stewart, Willard Thorp, Howard P. Vincent, Stanley T. Williams (3), Mildred D. Wing
  1. From Tyrus Hillway, to:

John Birss, William Braswell (2), Pascal Covici, Lt. Colonel Eugene S. Clark, Jr., Elizabeth Foster, Roger B. Francis (2), F. Barron Freeman (2), James Laughlin, Egbert Oliver, William R. Parker (2), William H. Smith, Willard Thorp, Howard P. Vincent, Stanley T. Williams, Walter Yust



Announcement from Hendricks House about Piazza Tales—with publication letter

Argus Books


American Notes and Queries

The Explicator

The Thoreau Society Bulletin (2)—with letter


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Melville Society, Box 1: Folder #7 (1948-1949—mostly 1949)


  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:

Nelson F. Adkins (2), Jerome S. Anderson, III, Leila Mary Appleton, Montgomery Belgion, John Birss (10), Merlin S. Bowen, William Braswell (4), Kenneth W. Cameron, Robert E. Christian, Jr., Rose Clavering, Reginald L. Cook, Alice V. Cullman, William S. Dix, R. M. Dowling, Alan S. Downer, Richard M. Federer, Edward Feiss (2), Edward B. Fox, Roger B. Francis, John T. Frederick, F. Barron Freeman (2), Mary Tibbets Freeman, Philip M. Hayden, Wilson Heflin (6), Hugh W. Hetherington, Charles Huguenin, P. A. Hunt, Sidney Kaplan (2), Benjamin Lease, Jay Leyda, L. B. Lincoln, Thomas A. Little (3), Thomas O. Mabbott (3), Luther Mansfield, Henry K. Metcalf (2), Keyes D. Metcalf, Gordon H. Mills, Henry Murray, Egbert Oliver, Victor Hugo Paltsits (4), Norman Holmes Pearson (2), Helen Phillips, Betty Pilkington, Lawrence Clark Powell (2), Richard W. Purcell (2), H. Blair Rouse, Robert Russell, Lucien Santoni, Joseph Schiffman, Stuart C. Sherman (2), Merton M. Sealts (7), Jean C. Smith (5), Margaret C. Stahl, Howard Vincent (2), Rudolph von Abele, R. E. Watters, Thomas Wendel, Viola C. White, Stanley T. Williams (3), Gil Wilson (2), Tom Wilson, Nathalia Wright

  1. From Tyrus Hillway, to:

William Braswell, Eugene S. Clark, Jr., Alan S. Downer, The English Institute, F. Barron Freeman (2), Philip Hayden, Eleanor S. Hunneman, L. B. Lincoln, Edward J. Moore, New York Public Library, New York State Historical Society, The New York State Library, William R. Parker, Jean C. Smith (2), Donald G. Wing


Announcement of 1949 Annual Meeting of The Thoreau Society, Wallace B. Conant

Announcement for The Complete Journals of Henry David Thoreau, ed. Bradford Torrey

Announcement for Howard P. Vincent’s The Trying-Out of Moby-Dick (1949)

Connecticut Sales and Use Tax Regulations

Cover sheet of The Melville Society Newsletter IV: 1 (March, 1949)

The English Institute (1949)

Gil Wilson, Moby-Dick, 100 Color Drawings (1949)

Movie announcement for film “Omoo-Omoo the Shark God” (released in 1949)

  1. Chase’s Herman Melville: A Critical Study

Winston Educational List (1949)

Newspaper Clipping:

“Dr. Hillway Attends New York Meetings,” New London, CT, newspaper (December 28, 1948)


Melville Society Newsletter (June 1949)

Thoreau Society Bulletin (January 1949)

Thoreau Society Bulletin (April 1949)

Thoreau Society Bulletin (July 1949)


List of Members, The Melville Society (December 15, 1948)

List of titles and addresses

Memo to Thoreau Society Members on calendar from Walter Harding, Secretary

Minutes of 1949 Melville Society meetings

Notes on Mardi and Pierre

list of members present at the meeting

Specimen Entries for “Herman Melville: An Annotated Bibliography for 1948”

Tentative Program for Annual Meeting, 1948


Columbia University for use of room for Melville Society

NYPL receipt for gift of Hillway’s “Melville’s Use of Two Pseudo-Sciences”

Subscription to The Melville Society Newsletter from Ohio State University (2) (1949)

Unidentified receipt for $1.00

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Melville Society Box 1: Folder #8 (1950)


  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:

Nelson F. Adkins, C. Merton Babcock, David Beres, Walter Bezanson, John Birss (17), Merlin S. Bowman, Edgar M. Branch, William Braswell, Kenneth Walter Cameron (3), Carvel Collins, Reginald L. Cook, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana, J. E. Fields, Edward Fiess (3), Elizabeth Foster, Kyrl L. F. de Gravelines, Harrison Hayford, Wilson Heflin, Wendell Stacy Johnson (2), Sidney Kaplan (2), Kenneth Kurtz, Harold Larrabee, Benjamin Lease, Ernest E. Leisy, Jay Leyda, Tom Little (2), Richard A. Long, T. O. Mabbott, Luther Mansfield, Ronald C. Marsh, James Mason (2), Eleanor M. Metcalf (2), Henry B. Metcalf (2), Egbert Oliver, Victor Hugo Paltsits, William S. Parker, Richard Purcell, H. Blair Rouse (4), Ernest Sandeen, James Schaefle (2), Merton M. Sealts, Jr. (4), Stuart C. Sherman (3), Samuel Sukel (4), Walter Sutton, Edward A. Tenney, Howard Vincent, Harry R. Warfel, R. E. Watters, Stanley T. Williams (2), Cora McDevitt Wilson (4), Nathalia Wright (2), Norman P. Zaichick, Harriet Zinnes

  1. From Tyrus Hillway, to:

Family Theater Program, William R. Parker, Ronald Press Company


Hendler, Earl, “Moby Dick: A Reflection” (poem)

Sealts, Merton M., Jr., “A Note on the Melville Canon”


Melville Society Newsletter (3)

Thoreau Society Bulletin (2)


Notes on J.H.B’s visit to New London



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Melville Society Box 1: Folder #9 (1951)


  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:
  1. Merton Babcock, Thomas C. Barham, Jean B. Barr (Secretary, New York University Press) (3), Montgomery Belgion (3), John Birss (8), Merlin S. Bowen, Guy A. Cardwell (2), Hayden Carruth, William Charvat, William Coyle, Robert M. Dell, William S. Ellis (Managing Editor, University of Hawaii Press) (2), J. E. Fields, Edward Fiess, Elizabeth Foster (5), Roger B. Francis (Executive Assistant, The New York Public Library), John T. Frederick, F. Barron Freeman, J. S. Freid, Mrs. R. A. Fuhr (Assistant in the Office of the Editor, University of Pittsburgh, re: Milton and Melville) (2), Charles Hamilton, Hiram Haydn, Wilson Heflin, Howard C. Horsford (2), Sidney Kaplan (3), Stephen Larrabee, Benjamin Lease, Ernest E. Leisy (2), Jay Leyda, Thomas Little (2), Thomas O. Mabbott, Robert G. Newman, Marjorie L. Page (University of Chicago Press), Victor Hugo Paltsits (2), W. R. Parker (Secretary, The Modern Language Association of America) (3), Henry Regnery (President, Henry Regnery Company Publishers), Paul North Rice (Chief of the Reference Department, The New York Public Library) (2), Gordon Roper, Edward H. Rosenberry, John P. Runden, Douglas Sackman, James W. Schaefle (2 plus envelope only), Joseph Schiffman, Merton M. Sealts, Jr., Stuart C. Sherman (2), Florence Spivak (College Department, Random House), Samuel Wolff Strauss, Edouard A. Stackpole, A. R. Thackeray (Executive Secretary, New Bedford Board of Commerce), Marie Pope Wallis (2), Stanley T. Williams (5), R. D. Wilson (2), Walter Yust
  1. From Tyrus Hillway, to:

Jean B. Barr (Secretary, New York University Press), Modern Language Association, New York Public Library, Florence Spivak (College Department, Random House)


Announcement of Forthcoming and Recent Books, James F. Drake, Inc.

College English Association, Letter from Morse Allen

College English Association, Program, Brandeis University, October 28, 1950

The Literature of the American People by Arthur H. Quinn, Kenneth B. Murdock, Clarence Gohdes, George F. Whicher (Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc.)

Milton and Melville by Henry F. Pommer

Modern Language Association, 65th Annual Meeting, December 27-29, 1950


The Melville Society Newsletter, vol. VII

The Melville Society Newsletter, copy for September 1950

The Melville Society Newsletter, copy for December 1950

Thoreau Society Bulletin (2)


List of those “Present at Annual Meeting, New York Public Library, December 28, 1950”


Voucher check for dues

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Melville Society Box 1: Folder #10 (1951)


  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:

Harriet Anderson, C. Merton Babcock, Jean B. Barr (4), Marshall A. Best [?], Jack Birss, Walter Bezanson, Herbert Cahoon (5), George R. Creeger, Clarene Dorsey, Alan S. Downer, Mrs. T. Ellison, Edward Fiess (2), Walter Harding, J.L. Harer (2), Wilson Heflin (2), Hugh W. Hetherington (3), Jerry (Stonington Publishing), Sidney Kaplan (3), Kenneth Krentz [?], Benjamin Lease, T.O. Mabbott (4), Luther Mansfield, Arthur Mayers, Eleanor M. Metcalf (2), Kenneth L. Palmer, Victor Hugo Paltsits, Norman Holmes Pearson, Gordon Roper, Betty Rosenberg, Irene Ryan (2), James W. Schaefle, Howard Hugh Schless (2), Merton Sealts, Stuart C. Sherman (2), Edouard A. Stackpole, Randall Stewart, Arlin Turner (3), Howard Vincent (16), Viola C. White, Stanley T. Williams (4), Dorothy Woodward and Marie P. Wallis


Announcement of Melville books by L.C. Page & Co. (2)


Harvard University Library

Ohio State University (3)

University of California Library

University of Texas Library (2)


Lease, Benjamin, “Melville and the Booksellers” (submitted for June 1951 newsletter)

Typewritten copy for the Melville Society Newsletter (June 1951)


The Thoreau Society Bulletin, April 1951 (Walter Harding, Sec.)

The Thoreau Society Bulletin, July 1951 (Walter Harding, Sec.)

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Melville Society Box 1:Folder #11 (1951-52)


  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:

Nelson F. Adkins, Charles Anderson, Jerome S. Anderson, III (3), George Arms, Harold A. Basilius, Albert J. Biggins, Carl Bode, William (Bill) Braswell (2), Charles Brown, Herbert Cahoon (2), Helen Hare Cain, Kenneth Walter Cameron, Eugene S. (Gene) Clark (2), Leonore Crary, Courtney Crocker, Jr., (Mrs.) Thorborg Ellison, Edward Fiess, Elizabeth Foster, John T. Frederick, William (Bill) Gilman (2), Harrison Hayford, Hugh Hetherington (4), K. F. Heumann, Edward A. Hodge, Howard C. Horsford, S. F. Johnson, Sidney Kaplan (2), Ernest E. Leisy (4), Tom Little, Edward G. Lueders, Patricia MacManus, Eleanor Melville Metcalf (2), Henry K. Metcalf, Robert G. Newman (4), Egbert Oliver, L. C. Powell, Howard C. Rice, Jr. (4), C. R. Roseberry (2), Merton Sealts (3), Carl G. Sedan, Laurence L. Smith, Eugene R. Spangler (2), Edouard A. Stackpole (2), Willard Thorp (2), Edward Laroeque Tinker, Stanley T. Williams

  1. From Tyrus Hillway, to:

Farrar, Straus & Young (publisher)


Leon Howard, Herman Melville: A Biography (University of California Press)

News release, Exhibition at Princeton re: Centennial Publication of Moby-Dick


Text, Melville Society Newsletter 7:4 (December 1951)


Melville Society Newsletter 7:3 (September 1951)

Thoreau Society Bulletin (October 1951)

Thoreau Society Bulletin (Winter 1952)


Appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Henry K. Metcalf

Memo to Members of the Melville Society


Library, University of Texas at Austin

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Melville Society Box 1: Flyer #12 (1952-1953)


  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:
  1. Merton Babcock (3), English Department, Ohio State, William Jackson (2), Sidney Kaplan, Robert Keiser, Ernest Leisy, Robert Newman (2), Therman O’Daniel (4), Kenneth Palmer, Virginia Payne, C.R. Roseberry, Howard Sahless, Stuart Sherman, Cark Stroven, Joseph Suggs, Melrose Tappan (2), Willard Thorp (3), University of Texas Library, [Unknown re: death of Victor H. Paltsits], [Unknown re: address of Richard Purcell], Stanley Williams


Copy for Melville Society Newsletter (September 1952)

Report of the Secretary for the Year 1952


Thoreau Society Bulletin


Loose-leaf paper with notes

Notes for annual M.S. meeting in December 1952

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Melville Society Box 1:Flyer #13 [n.d.]

  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:

Nelson F. Adkins, William S. Akin (3), Marjorie S. Andrews, C. Martin Babcock, Laurence Barrett (3), Montgomery Belgion, Walter Bezanson (3), Merlin S. Bowen, William Braswell (2), Clarence R. Brigham, Charles Brown (2), William Charvat, Carvel Collins (2), G. W. Cottrell, Jr., George Creeger, John V. Dodge, H. Endo (2), John T. Frederick, Alan Baird Hastings (3), Wilson Heflin, J. R. Heimbaugh, Walter Hendricks, Hugh Hetherington (4), Karl F. Heumann, Howard C. Horsford, John Huston (2), Sidney Kaplan, Benjamin Lease, Ernest Leisy (4), Tom Little, H. M. Lyon, T. O. Mabbott, Ronald Mason, Eleanor Melville Metcalf (2), Marshall Naul (2), Robert G. Newman (4), Norman Holmes Pearson, Max Putzel, Henry Regnery, E. Blair Rouse, Merton M. Sealts, Jr. (10), Stuart C. Sherman (3), Samuel Sukel, Willard Thorp (3), Howard Vincent (3), I. Warshaw, Stanley T. Williams, Walter Yust, Norman P. Zaichick

  1. From Tyrus Hillway, to:
  1. O. Mabbott
  1. To Lawrence Barrett, from:

Merton M. Sealts, Jr.


Centennial Edition

Eleanor Melville Metcalf, Cycle and Epicycle (Harvard University Press)

Map, “The Maine Woods”

Marine Historical Association, Mystic, CT

Sewanee Review

Walt Whitman Society of America


Sealts, Merton M., Jr., “Thompson’s Quarrel with Melville”


Melville Society Newsletter (7)

Thoreau Society Bulletin

Newspaper Clipping


Notes of annual meeting of Melville Society


Change of address cards (3)

Check receipts (3)

Invoice, New York Public Library

Invoice, Ohio State Library

Invoice, University of California

Invoice, University of Hawaii (5)

Invoice, University of Texas Library

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Melville Society Box 1: Folder #14 (1954)


  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:

Nelson Adkins (2), Williams S. Akin, C. Merton Babcock (2), Montgomery Belgion, Mary A. Benjamin, Walter Bezanson (5), Bill (Purdue University), Herbert Cahoon (The Pierpont Morgan Library) (2), K. S. Cole (National Broadcasting Company), Carvel Collins (2), George R. Creeger (2), A. Grove Day, Charles Duffy, Hazel Emery, Robert Falk, Edward Fiess, Edward G. Freehaufer, Helena Gavin (3), P. Gehring (2), George (University of New Mexico), Wilson Heflin, Hugh Hetherington (2), Karl F. Heumann, Nellie F. Jennings, Ernest Leisy (2), Tom Little, Maxine C. Mark, Eleanor Melville Metcalf (3), Amy Miller, Espy W. Miller, Modern Language Association (2), Robert G. Newman (2), Egbert Oliver, Norman Holmes Pearson, T.R. Phelps, Randall [?], Gordon Roper, Edward Rosenberry (2), H. Blair Rouse, Doug Sackman, Merton M. Sealts, Jr. (5), Jean Simon (3), E. R. Spangler, William Bysshe Stein, Carl F. Strauch, Howard P. Vincent (2), Stanley Williams (5), Norman P. Zaichick

  1. To Walt Bezanson, from:

Margaret Mead (copy)


Tentative Schedule of the 1954 MLA Meeting

Program for the 8th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association


Gavin, Helena, “The Watches of Ishmael” (incomplete poem)


Melville Society Newsletter (Summer 1954)

Melville Society Newsletter (Autumn 1954)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 46 (Winter 1947)

Thoreau Society Bulletin (Spring 1954)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 48 (Summer 1954)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 49 (Fall, 1954)


Tyrus Hillway memo on elections and Presidents

Notes for Melville Society Newsletter

Receipts (including Address Changes):

Henry Binbaum

Colorado State College

Reginald Cook

Indiana University

Modern Language Association

New York Public Library

Helen Northrup (University of Washington)

  1. B. O’Daniel (Fort Valley State College)

Ohio State University (4)

Providence Public Library

Arthur Richmond (2)

University of California (3, including receipt for “Doctoral Dissertations on Moby-Dick”)

University of Hawaii (2)

University of Kansas (receipt for “Doctoral Dissertations on Moby-Dick”)

University of Texas

Yale University (2)

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Melville Society Box 1: Folder #15 (1954-1955)


  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:

William S. Akin, James C. Atkins (Program Manager, KOA Denver), Wallace Anderson, C. Merton Babcock, Robert J. Beaudry (2), Walter E. Bezanson (2), Katherine G. Binnian (Mrs. Walter B. Binnian), Naomi B. Blair, Merlin S. Bowen (2), William (Bill) Braswell, J. Trevor Brown (3), Kenneth W. Cameron (The Emerson Society) (3), Rose Clavering, Kathryn S. Cole (Manager, Dept. of Information, National Broadcasting Co.), R.L. Cork, Frank Davidson (2), Leon T. Dickinson, Hazel T. Emery, Robert Falk, Edward Fiess (2), John T. Frederick (2), Bavvie Freeman, Alan Baird Hastings (2), Allen Hayman, Wilson Heflin, Hans Helmcke (2), “Hugh” [probably Hugh W. Hetherington—University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming], Karl F. Heumann, Howard C. Horsford (2), William Hubben (2), H. Howard Hughes (3), Marjorie C. Ingalls, Sidney Kaplan (2), Lyle H. Kendall, Jr. (2), Katie M. Kiss (3), Tom Little, Thomas Mabbott, Luther S. Mansfield, Ronald Mason (2), Henry K. Metcalf (2), Fae R. Miske (Joseph Burstyn, Ind., NY, NY) (2), Marion Murdoch, Robert G. Newman (2), Therman O’Daniel (3), Helen Peak (Serials Ass’t., UCLA), “Gordon” [probably Gordon Roper—Trinity College, Toronto], H.B. Rouse, Isobel Rutenberg (4), Merton M. Sealts, Jr. (3), Stuart C. Sherman, James E. Sisson, Edouard A. Stackpole, Richard T. Stavig, C. Marshall Taylor (4), Howard P. Vincent, Dan Vogel, William A. Welch, Gil Wilson (4, one of which is only an envelope), Dorothy Woodward

  1. From Tyrus Hillway, to:

Members of the Executive Committee (September 6, 1955) (2)

  1. To Harrison Hayford, from:

Gil Wilson (original & copy), Robert G. Newman


Alfred Kazin, The Inmost Leaf (Harcourt, Brace & Co.)

Annual Report for The Berkshire Athenaeum (1954)

Edward H. Rosenberry, Melville and the Comic Spirit (Harvard University Press)

Gil Wilson, “Herman Melville’s Moby Dick” (Jerry Winters’s half-hour color film based on a series of over 200 drawings by Gil Wilson; Thomas Mitchell is the narrator; original score composed by Richard Mohaupt; film distributed by Joseph Burstyn, Inc.)

Howard C. Horsford, ed., Journal of a Visit to Europe and the Levant 1856-1857 (Princeton University Press)

Perry Miller, The Wars of the Literati

W.I.B. Crealock, Cloud of Islands: By Sail to the South Seas


Kaplan, Sidney, “A Transcendentalist Cites Melville”

Kendall, Lyle H., Jr., “Slouched Ahab”

Vogel, Dan, “A Note on ‘The Coming Storm’”


Emerson Society (Number 1: IV Quarter 1955)

Melville Society Newsletter 10:4 (Winter 1954)—corrected by hand

Melville Society Newsletter (Spring 1955)—corrected by hand

Melville Society Newsletter (Summer 1955)—corrected by hand

Melville Society Newsletter 11:3 (Autumn 1955)—corrected by hand; with following note re: Gil Wilson (p. 3):

            Gil Wilson’s Tour

            The executive committee has agreed to allow use of the Society’s name as a sponsor of the tour which Gil Wilson will make this winter and spring to exhibit his illustrations of Moby-Dick and publicize the forthcoming motion picture based on Melville’s plot. The Society will assume no obligation of any kind in relation to the tour. Wilson expects to speak at many schools and colleges in all parts of the United States and to use colored slides with his talk. He has [“even” crossed out] [“generously” added by hand] suggested the possibility of selling, auctioning, or raffling the original copies of his illustrations as a fund-raising device for the Society’s treasury. Expenses of his tour will be paid, of course, by John Huston, producer of the motion picture.

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 50 (Winter 1955)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 51 (Spring 1955)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 52 (Summer 1955)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 53 (Fall 1955)

Newspaper Clipping:

“How Does One Get that Way?” [re: William S. Akin]


Account of the program of the 1954 meeting, Melville Society

Minutes of December 27, 1955, Annual Meeting

Tentative Schedule of the 1955 MLA Meeting


Colorado College

Ohio State University (2)

University of California—Berkeley (4)

University of Hawaii (2)

University of Illinois

University of Texas Library (3)

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Melville Society Box 1: Folder #16 (February-November 1956)


  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:

Nelson Adkins, William S. Akin (2), Allan Angoff (NYU Press on Wilson Heflin’s Melville’s Whaling Years), James Baird (2), Laurence Barrett, Jack Birss (2), William Raymond Brink (2), Charles Brown, Kenneth W. Cameron (2), Bennet Cerf, Carvel Collins, J. H. Crouch,

Merrell Davis, Leon Dickinson, Edward Fiess, Hans Helmcke, Howard C. Horsford, H. Howard Hughes, Nellie F. Jennings, Sidney Kaplan, Lyle H. Kendall, Jr., Manuel Mujica Lainez (Brazil), Stephen Larrabee [on translations into European languages], Ernest Leisy, Tom Little, Edgardo Macorini (2), Charlotte Mangold, Chave McCracken, B. R. McElderry, Jr., David Jackson McWilliams, Lucille Melander (Harcourt Brace on Perry Miller’s The Raven and the Whale), Alton Melville (2), M. Newman Publishing House (Tel Aviv), Robert G. Newman (Berkshire Athanaeum) (2), Virginia H. Patterson (McMillan) (2), Max Putzel, H. Blaire Rouse (2), Merton M. Sealts, Jr., John E. Simmons (Cornell University Press), Joseph Sittler, Jr., Justin Sweet, Harold M. Turner, Jr. (2), Peter C. Wensberg (Little, Brown), Jutta Willibald, Nathalia Wright (3, one of which mentions Senore Gabriele Baldini)


General Inventory of the Collections in the Melville Room, Berkshire Athenaeum, June 25, 1953 (2 copies)

Publication blurb for Everett Henry’s calendar illustrations of Moby Dick (Harris-Seybold Co, Cleveland)

Publication blurb for Perry Miller’s The Raven and the Whale (Harcourt, Brace and Co.)

Publication blurb for Henry Alonzo Myer’s Tragedy: A View of Life (Cornell), which includes Moby-Dick


Dickinson, Leon T., University of Missouri, “The Speksnyder (sic) in Moby-Dick: A Correction” (2 pages)


Emerson Society Quarterly, 3 (II Quarter, 1956)

Emerson Society Quarterly, 4 (III Quarter 1956)

Melville Society Newsletter, Vol. XII, No.1 (Spring, 1956)

Melville Society Newsletter (Autumn, 1956)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 54 (Winter, 1956)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 55 (Spring, 1956)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 56 (Summer, 1956)

Newspaper Clippings:

Reference to Philip Sainton, “The Music for ‘Moby Dick,’” Film Music XV (Summer 1956): 3-6

Review of Moby-Dick, The Daily Gazette (Utica, New York) (November 19, 1851): 2

Receipts (including Membership Applications):

  1. R. Cruger

Frank Davidson

Merrell R. Davis

Charles A Huguenin

William H. Hutchinson

  1. R. McElderderry, Jr.

David Jackson McWilliams

Therman B. O’Daniel

Mrs. F. Morton Smith

Richard T. Stavig

University of Southern California

University of Texas

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Melville Society Box 1: Folders #17-18 (1956-1957)


  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:

William S. Akin, C. Merton Babcock (2), Katharine G. Binnian, R. T. Bond (Dodd, Mead) (2), William ( Bill) Braswell, William G. Braude, Edwina Coffing, Reginald L. Cook, F. W. Faxon [on Bulletin of Bibliography], Edward Fiess, John T. Frederick, Arnold L. Goldsmith and Milton Bruce Byrd, John D. Hayes, Wilson Heflin, Walter Hendricks, Howard C. Horsford (5), William Hubben, H. Howard Hughes (3), Charles A. Huguenin, Sidney Kaplan (2), Ernest Leisy, Tom Little, J. R. MacGillivray [1948], Luther Mansfield, W. Chave McCracken, B. R. McElderderry, Jr., Eleanor Melville Metcalf (2), Henry K. Metcalf, Robert G. Newman (3), Therman B. O’Daniel, Norman Holmes Pearson, P. V. Rizzo, Gordon Roper, H. Blair Rouse (3), Ruth Russell (2), John Satterfield (2), Catherine P. Schweitzer, Merton M. Sealts, Jr. (4), Stuart Sherman, Robert Smith (Sagamore Press), Arthur E. Summerfield (Postmaster General on proposed Melville stamp), Harold M. Turner, Jr. (20), Howard P. Vincent, Allen S. Waller (Dan U of Illinois on Ernst Krenek’s opera of “The Bell Tower”), R. E. Watters (2), Nathalia Wright (4)

  1. To Nathalia Wright (President Melville Society), from:

Robert B. Newman


Notice of Hillway, Doctoral Dissertations on Herman Melville: A Chronological Summary (1933-1952)


Klickivic, Sava, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, “Enemies” poem “In Memory of H. Melville”


Melville Society Newsletter (Winter 1956)

Melville Society Newsletter (Spring 1957)

Melville Society Newsletter, XIII, no. 2 (Summer, 1957)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 57 (Fall 1956)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 58 (Winter 1957)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 59 (Spring 1957)

Receipts (including Membership Applications and Address Changes):

Ralph M. Aderman

Ross Beharriell

Reginald L. Cook

Ruth Gober

Walter Harding

Rear Admiral John D. Hayes

Wilson Heflin

Sava Klickovic

New York Public Library

Ohio State University

Patrick Quinn

Rutgers University

Ernest Sandeen

  1. R. Spangler

University of California (2)

University of Illinois (3)

University of Mississippi

University of Missouri

University of Southern California

University of Texas

Nathalia Wright

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Melville Society Box 1: Folder #19 (1956-1972)


  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:

Laurence Barrett, Jack Birss, Hennig Cohen (3), Harrison Hayford (3), Wilson Heflin, William A. Jackson, Norman Jarrard (4), Luther S. Mansfield (2), Hershel Parker (2), Gordon Roper (2), M. Douglas Sackman [?], Merton M. Sealts, Jr. (3), Richard Stavig (3), Nathalia Wright

  1. To Nathalia Wright, from:

Gilbert Wilson

Newspaper Clipping:

Bloom, Edward A., write-up of Melville centennial conferences, SRL (September 4, 1954)


Typewritten list of “Officers of the Melville Society, 1960”

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Melville Society Box 1: Folder #20 ([n.d.])


  1. To Tyrus Hillway, from:

Mary M. Ahern, William S. Akin, Atlantic Monthly, Lawrence H. Bailey (2), Laurence Barrett, S. Ross Beharriell, Robin Berger, Walter E. Bezanson, R. Bruce Bickley, Merlin Bowen, William Braswell, M. E. Brown, Sandra Carroll, Hennig Cohen (2), George W. Corner, Bud Davis, Fitzroy Davis, Lois DeBakey (2), Betty Dodd, Peter Dominick, Walter R. Dry (2), Elbert P. Epler, Donald M. Fiene, Chad J. Flake (3), Nathan H. Fletcher (Encyclopedia Americana), Donald Gallup (Yale University librarian), J. Denis Glover (3), Edward S. Grejda (3), Randall Hamrick, Wayne M. Hartwell, Hans Helmcke (6), Horace W. Hewlett, Robert Hillyer, Carolyn N. Holden, Howard Horsford, Herald C. Hunt, Richard S. Jones (3), Sidney Kaplan, Koh Kasegawa (2 plus envelope), Sava Klickovic (2), Hartmut Kruger, Klaus Lanzinger, Willard A. Lockwood, Maynard Mack, John L. Marsh, James T. Matthews, David Jackson McWilliams, George A. Middendorf, Maxine Moore, Sidney P. Moss,  J. N. L. Myres (Bodleian librarian), National Central Library, Robert G. Newman (3), Quigg Newton, Julie A. Noonan, Egbert S. Oliver, Rosemary Park, Norman Holmes Pearson, William Lyon Phelps, Max Putzel, Hyder E. Rollins (4), Douglas Sackman, Hollis J. Scott, Merton M. Sealts, Jr. (10), Marie Searson, Stuart C. Sherman, Hiram Sibley, Hartley Simpson, Alvin V. Sizer, Donald E. Stanford, Janez Stanovik (Yugoslavia), Richard T. Stavig (2), Jim Sumner, G. Thomas Tanselle, Irene Schlafge Testine (Edison High School), Chauncey B. Tinker (5), Robert W. Turner, Howard P. Vincent, Glen Wakeham, Robert E. White, Stanley T. Williams (10), A. M. Witherspoon, Nathalia Wright (2)


“Bodley’s American Friends” (blank form)

Edison High School flyer

Film by Robert Lowell, “The Old Glory: Benito Cereno”

Kent State University Press flyer [re: 2 books by Howard Vincent]


Babcock, C. Merton, “An Explication of ‘Zadockprattsville’”

Blumberg, Lynne, collation of Constable and Russell & Russell editions of Mardi


Monument Mountain (taken by Douglas Sackman)

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Melville Society Box 1: Folder #21 ([n.d.])


  1. To the Melville Society (Donald Yannella), from:

Abstracts of English Studies, William S. Akin (2, with replies), Theodore Albert, Joseph Andriano, Stanford S. Apseloff, Carol L. Bagley (with reply), Peter Bertolette (2, reply), John Budd (with reply), Steve Bunch, Dorothy Cater, Marjorie Clagett, Steven E. Coleburn, Chris Coleman, Catherine M. Cronin (with reply), R’Lene H. Dahlberg, Prudence Dalrymple, Matthew P. Downs (with reply and article from Wall Street Journal), David R. Eastwood, Joseph Flibbert (with reply), Joan Frederick, Hermann Ganseforth (with reply), Stephen Goode (with reply), Judith Green, “Harold,” Mark Heidmann, Tyrus Hillway (2, 1 with reply), John E. Holsberry (3), Elaine House, M. Philippe Jaworski, Stephen D. Johnston, J. L. Juzkiv, Karen Kalinevitch, Alice P. Kenney (with reply), Denis Lesieur, Joanna Ruth Loucky, Sanford Marovitz, Steven Mailloux (3), Margaret Wiley Marshall, Paul McCarthy, Carole Horsburgh Moses (2, reply), Harold Neikirk, Thomas E. Norton, Ellen J. O’Brien, Frieda Ewing-Oliviero (4, with replies), Margaret C. Patterson, Zephyra Porat (with reply), Patrick Powers (2), Francine Shapiro Puk (with reply), H. D. Richardson, Paul H. Rohmann, Paul Roman, Robert Rulon-Muller, Jr., Judith Rutkowsky, Regina Sackmary (2), Joanne M. Safian, J. M. Santraud (with reply), Marilla Battilana Shankovsky, Nolan E. Smith, Virginia A. Smith, George Spector (2), James Stanbaugh, Christopher W. Sten (with reply), Lea Tanzman, Steven E. Thompson, Turner Subscription Agency, Gustaaf Van Cromphout, G. M. Van Rossum (2, reply), Robert Waiten (2), Kazunori Yokota (with reply), Ailene Zirkle (with reply), Thomas D. Zlatic

  1. From Donald Yannella, to:

Suzanne Fournier, Philippe Jaworksi, David Kesterson (with flyer), Edwin H. Miller


Harvard College Library, Serial of records


Rutgers University, correspondence

Univeristy of Gettingen review correspondence on Steven Mailloux book


Academic Book Center

Berkshire Historical Society

Carlson Library

Check receipt

Dues notice

EBSCO receipt

  1. W. Faxon Company

First National Bank statements

Ganser Library

George State Library inquiry (2)

Glassboro State University receipts (5+)

Hills Harris photographers (Mrs. R. Marshall)

Indiana University Libraries Serials form

Joyce Kennedy check

Ohio State

Pitman, NJ, receipt

Pyramid Films receipt

Review Printing (4+)

Select Press Book Service

University of Colorado at Boulder voucher

University of Delaware Library

University of Illinois

University of Texas Libraries purchase voucher

University of Toledo

University of Wisconsin Library

West Virginia University cancel purchase order

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Melville Society Box 1: Folder #22 (1972-1973)

[labelled “Hennig Cohen Files and Earlier #1 (1964)”]


  1. To Hennig Cohen, from:

John Bennett [on his book of poems on Moby-Dick called Knights and Squires], John G. Bowe, Robert DeMott, Marjorie Dew, Michael E. Hoffman (The Book Organization) [on printing of Paul Metcalf’s Genoa], John Middleton (3), Hershel Parker, Edwin S. Scheidman, Robert J. Schwendinger (2), Mildred K. Travis (2), C. Webster Wheelock (2), Sam Willis, Nathalia Wright

  1. From Hennig Cohen, to:

Hershel Parker, Donald Yanella

  1. To Howard P. Vincent, from:
  1. Douglas Sackman
  1. From Howard P. Vincent, to:
  1. Douglas Sackman
  1. To Donald Yanella, from:

Henn [?], John Middleton


Middleton, John, “Note on a Source for ‘Bartleby,’” to be published in Extracts [on original Dead Letters]

Monteiro, George, “References to Typee and Pierre, 1884,” to be published in Extracts

Travis, Mildred K., “Fact to Fiction in Pierre: The Arrowhead Ambience” (six pages)

Wheelock, C. Webster, “A Misread Biblical Allusion in Melville’s Billy-Budd” (retitled “Vere’s To Ananias in Billy Budd”), to be published in Extracts [on Ananias]

Newspaper Clippings:

Bibliographical Note for Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Casebook for Research, ed. Stanley Schatt, University of Houston, Hunt Publications (1972)

Illustration of Tattoo Design of Sailor Nailing Colors to Mast, ca 1915-1920, Metropolitcan Museum of Art, Dick Fund, 1946 MM 34034 46.24.26

Review of Robert Zoellner’s The Salt-Sea Mastodon, Library Journal (May 1, 1973) and review copy letter from U of California Press

Yurick, Sol, “Hubert Selby: Symbolic Intent and Ideological Resistance (or Cocksucking and Revolution),” Evergreen Review, 13 (October 1969): 49-51, 73-78


Judy Scolton, typist for Extracts, 1972, $2 for page typing for typed copy, $4 per page for handwritten copy

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Melville Society Box 1: Folder #23 (1966-1975)


  1. To Hennig Cohen, from:

Ron Fonte, Mildred K. Travis, Don Yannella (2)

  1. From Hennig Cohen, to:

Mildred K. Travis, Don Yannella (2)

  1. To Don Yannella, from:

James W. Henderson, Tyrus Hillway, Richard Colles Johnson (2), Michael Massey, John A. Mattoon

  1. From Don Yannella, to:

Oscar Baron, Vladimir Brodestdky, Ronald S. Foute, Richard Colles Johnson, Sanford Marovitz, Yassen N. Zassoursky

  1. From Tom Buckley (New York Times), to:

“Prof” [Sanford Marovitz?]

  1. From Richard Colles Johnson, to:

Oscar Baron


“Fact Sheet—Hall of Fame [of Great Americans]”

Jared Coffin House, Nantucket

Jarrard, Norman, “Melville Studies: A Tentative Bibliography” (December 1958)

“Melville and Hawthorne at Hancock” (September 1966)

Melville Society-William College Conference, September 2-4, 1951 [announcement]

Moby Dick production at Victoria Theatre

“The National Cetacean Symposium,” 1974 [announcement]

Northwestern-Newberry The Writings of Herman Melville [announcement]

Sherman, Stuart C., “Logbooks and Leviathans: An Account of the Nicholson Whaling Collection”


Kastle, Leonard, “The Pariahs” (September 1966) [report to the Melville Society on a new American Opera]

Travis, Mildred K. Travis, “Fact to Fiction in Pierre: The ‘Arrowhead’ Ambience” [typewritten & edited]


Extracts, 1969-1972


Newspaper Clippings:

Bloom, Edward A., about Melville centennial conferences, SRL (September 4, 1954)

Clipping about Moby-Dick aria in The Canaan Journal (April 19, 1973)

Cover for Jargon 43


Melville Society Bylaws, 1969

Progress Report on Melville Society Conference, Nantucket, September 1969

Typewritten list of “Officers of the Melville Society, 1960”

Photocopied pages, including “Letter for Melville 1951”

Photocopied pages from Grosset & Dunlap Moby-Dick illustrated with scenes from the photoplay The Sea Beast

Melville Society stationary, envelopes, form letters

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Melville Society Facebook Posts

Greg Lennes Melville's short story, "The Lightning-Rod Man" (1854) still has lessons for us today. The lightning-rod salesman says that to buy his lighting rods, you will be safe. He is the salesman of our fears. He peddled his wares during storms with dire descriptions of ruin and death. He threatens and tries to bully the main character, who is angered. The ending is the main character "seized it (lightning-rod); I snapped it; I dashed it; I trod it; and dragging the dark lightning-king out of my door, flung his elbowed, copper sceptre after him. But spite of my treatment, and spite of my dissuasive talk of him to my neighbors, the Lightning-rod man still dwells in the land; still travels in storm-time, and drives a brave trade with the fears of man." Here is a video of a reading of the tale by Stacy Carson. It was produced by Sharad Patel and Lily Cox­‐Richard (2015):
"The Lightning-­Rod Man" by Herman Melville, 1854 "The Lightning-­Rod Man" by Herman Melville, 1854 Read by Stacy Carson Produced by Sharad Patel and Lily Cox­‐Richard
Greg Lennes
Diane Samuels: The Whale and Other Texts Diane Samuels: The Whale and Other Texts Diane Samuels: The Whale and Other Texts
Feb 7 - March 15, 2018
RECEPTION: Thursday, March 8, 6:00 - 9:00 pm; Artist Talk 7:30 pm

Exhibition at UMass Dartmouth University Art Gallery in Downtown New Bedford, “Diane Samuels: The Whale and Other Texts” is centered around the 8’ wide by 47’ long artwork Moby-Dick, or The Whale. This mesmerizing large scale piece appears to be floating on the gallery floor and spilling off the wall, reflecting on the ocean nearby, the location for the Melville’s famous novel.
Pittsburgh based Diane Samuels who often uses text as a element in her visual vocabulary this time creates waves with her meticulous hand-transcriptions created using all of the 701 pages in the novel. Remnants of archival paper and drawings have been recycled and painted over and, in places, drawn and collaged using images that pertain to the specific text. Each page of the book (also exhibited at the gallery) is hand-written as a horizontal row of the drawing, starting with “Call me Ishmael” at the top of the artwork.

Samuels chose Moby-Dick, or The Whale because of Melville’s descriptions of confrontations with “the other” and his archiving and cataloguing of information about whales and the world. In Chapter Three, Ishmael and Queequeg share a room and a bed at the Spouter-Inn. Ishmael describes his terror in meeting Queequeg. Despite cultural, racial, and language differences, the chapter ends with Ishmael’s statement, “I turned in, and never slept better in my life.”

Accompanying this installation is the compressed sound of the artist reading out loud and hand-transcribing each page, creating a layered “audio block”; a dense sound comprised of words and pages, along with the ambient sounds of the artist’s studio. The audio block is the length of the longest page of the book.

Other artworks also surprise visitors with their intricate hand-transcription in microscript. The Arabian Nights traces the stories told by Scheherazade over 10,000 fragments of papers painted in shades of indigo and crimson and edged in gold. The piece is a literal and figurative “magic carpet” whose central panel is bathed in the blood of the book’s unfortunate heroines and cloaked in the mysterious glow of night.
Salman Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children,” also visually reflects the content of the book, creating a unique composition made from 1001 pieces of paper made in India and joined to form a map of India on August 15, 1947, its date of independence. The “midnight’s children” of the book’s title are the 1001 children born in the first hour of Indian independence.

The exhibition is open through March 15, 2018, with the reception on Thursday, March 8, 6:00 - 9:00 pm. The artist talk, as well as audio recording will begin at 7:30 pm.
The Whale and Other Text was curated by Viera Levitt, UMass Dartmouth Gallery Director, born in Slovakia, where she had assisted Diane in her 1998 sound based site-specific installation for the Synagogue - Centre for Contemporary Art in Trnava.

Thanks to Kris Nuzzi and the Pavel Zoubok Gallery for their wonderful collaboration on this exhibition.

Diane Samuels is a visual artist, with studio and public art practices based in Pittsburgh. In both she uses other peoples’ words and handwriting as her literal and figurative raw material. She builds works that accrete from community engagements, layer by layer: layers made of words from interviews and informal conversations with people on the street, in cafes, in their homes; layers made of places from castings, drawings, photographs, audio, maps; and layers made from archival documents, narratives of events, histories, memoirs, folk tales, and literature. She has made drawings by writing out the texts of entire novels in micro-handwriting, converted a two-story glass pedestrian bridge into an anthology of phrases about looking at the world closely, and created artist’s books from sessions transcribing storytellers.
Diane's permanent site-specific artworks include Luminous Manuscript (Center for Jewish History New York) and Lines of Sight (Brown University). Luminous Manuscript was awarded an IFRAA/Faith & Form Award for Religious Art and Architecture in 2005 and is included in Judith Dupré’s 2007 (Random House) book, Monuments: America’s History in Art and Memory.
Her exhibitions include the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Mattress Factory Museum, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Center for Book Arts, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, the Municipal Museum of Art (Gyor, Hungary), the Synagogue Center (Trnava, Slovakia), the Bernheimer Realschule (Buttenhausen, Germany), and the Czech Museum of Fine Arts.
Diane's work is in public and private collections including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Bank of New York Mellon, Reed College, Municipal Museum of Art (Gyor, Hungary), the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry.
Samuels holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University, a diploma from the Institute in Arts Administration at Harvard University and has received honorary doctorates from Seton Hill University and Chatham University. She is also co-founder of City of Asylum Pittsburgh, which provides sanctuary to writers in exile. Samuels is a former board member of the Carnegie Museum of Art and the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, and is a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. In 2013 she was recipient of a Rockefeller Bellagio Residency in Italy and an American Academy in Jerusalem Fellowship.
Diane Samuels works with the Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York City.

Image: Moby Dick, Or The Whale, Herman Melville, 2015
Ink on handmade paper, 96 x 564 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Pavel Zoubok Gallery. Photo by Thomas Little

University Art Gallery
College of Visual and Performing Arts
UMass Dartmouth, 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
Contact: Viera Levitt, Gallery Director and Exhibition Curator,
Gallery Hours: 9 am - 6 pm daily, closed on major holidays.
Open until 9 pm during AHA! Nights (the second Thursday of every month).
Greg Lennes Kimble Bromley, Professor of Art at North Dakota State University, will exhibit his Moby-Dick painting series at the Muscatine Art Center (Iowa) from February 15th through April 12th, 2018. 2018-02-19T15:41:59+0000
Greg Lennes From Rhode Island Public Radio: "One Square Mile: Walk A Mile In Ishmael's New Bedford" by John Bender:
One Square Mile: Walk A Mile In Ishmael's New Bedford New Bedford is the destination for devotees of one famous literary leviathan -- Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick."
Greg Lennes From Aeon: Melville and Financial World by Matt Seybold.
Herman Melville "Confidence is the indispensable basis of all sorts of business transactions. Without it, commerce between man and man, as between country and country, would, like a watch, run down and stop."
—from "The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville

via Aeon
Meredith Farmer We're happy to announce the first CFP for our MLA panels at MLA 2019! CFP: READING THE CONFIDENCE-MAN TODAY What types of interpretations come up when someone reads the The Confidence-Man in light of recent events? Presenters should offer short, reflective pieces (8 minutes) that provoke discussion. Although a lack of faith (or confidence) in political institutions is a major part of news reports today, presenters may focus on any of the topics brought up in Melville’s book, including stocks and finance, religious organizations, charity, racial identity, belief, and other considerations. Other approaches could include reflections on reading historically or the dynamics of re-reading today. Please send 250-word abstracts and brief bios to Rodrigo Lazo at by March 13.
Greg Lennes Melvillean Philosophy (Humor): "There are unknown worlds of knowledge in brutes; and whenever you mark a horse, or a dog, with a peculiarly mild, calm, deep-seated eye, be sure he is an Aristotle or a Kant, tranquilly speculating upon the mysteries in man. No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses." Redburn. His First Voyage - Chapter XL. :) 2018-02-16T21:00:37+0000
Robert Sandberg MLA Conference - 2019 - Chicago: The Melville Society's "Call for Papers" is now available on the Melville Society website
The Melville Society - Call for Papers: MLA 2019 - Reading The Confidence-Man Today & Melville’s Quarrel with Modernity A society dedicated to the study and appreciation of the nineteenth-century American author Herman Melville
Greg Lennes "Moby Dick Deckle Edges Spotlight Tour "(March 16th) - Frank Stella Artwork - discussion led by Robert K. Wallace at Pizzuti Collection in Columbus, Ohio:
Moby Dick Deckle Edges Spotlight Tour Join us on March 16 for a spotlight tour with Professor Robert K. Wallace. Robert will discuss the Moby Dick Deckle Edges prints in the context of other works by Stella on view in the Lines/Edges: Frank Stella On Paper exhibition.
Eileen Valentino Flaxman When I joined The Melville Society FB page last August, you were just breaking a thousand followers. And now you're about to break 2,000. Congratulations! Here is my latest contribution from my project to write a poem for every chapter in Moby-Dick. (Lines from the text are in quotations.) Chapter 59 - Squid. -- Plenty of action and violence takes place in this novel. But there are also days of calm . . . floating on a glassy sea without swells or even the promise of a leviathan and with no chatter from a listless crew . . . A 'profound hush' surrounds the Pequod as it drifts in the middle of nowhere, with 'a stillness almost preternatural spread over the sea'. At such a time, what goes on inside a sailor's mind? Thoughts of home? Other ways to earn a living? Ennui? As a man looks out over endless nothingness, do thoughts churn busily inside his skull . . . or is Ismael an Anomaly?
Meredith Farmer We're happy to announce the second CFP for our MLA panels at MLA 2019! CFP: MELVILLE'S QUARREL WITH MODERNITY In anticipation of an energized year in Melville studies (when on the 200th anniversary of his birth we consider Melville’s significance in the present moment) contributors to this panel will reflect on a vital but largely unexplored feature of Melville’s thinking: his quarrel with modernity. Melville is not recognized for the clarity of his philosophical arguments. At best, his philosophizing is dismissed as ingenious but muddled. But perhaps Melville’s philosophical arguments have been hard to grasp because they have been miscategorized; they have been taken to embody the ethos of the distinctively modern world (that is, after the defining work of Descartes and Locke) when in fact what they offer is nothing less than a wide-ranging rejection of modernity’s dominant assumptions. On this panel, accordingly, we will use Melville’s writing to turn a harsh light on some of the beliefs that characterize modern Western thought. Melville’s writing has meant many things to many people, but as yet it has not been seen as a way to unite or bring into conversation the growing number of theorists resisting the modernity narrative—theorists making an effort to knock down the edifice of dualism, think carefully about where the nature-culture binary has come from (and what we might imagine in its place), cast doubt on the view that the body is inessential to mind, and in other ways question the account of the world offered by the moderns. Please send 300-500 words and a vita to K.L. Evans at by March 19.
Chad Beck Moby-Dick is discussed at 39:00. Also relevant (and leading directly into M-D) is a discussion about Job (31:23).
Russell Brand & Jordan Peterson - Kindness VS Power | Under The Skin #46 Recently making the headlines after a combative interview about the gender pay gap with Channel 4’s Cathy Newman, my guest today is Jordan Peterson, who disc...
Greg Lennes Melvillean Humor for Valentine's Day - Melville's First Draft of Moby-Dick: Comic strip by Mikey Heller (2014) :) 2018-02-14T17:59:34+0000
Greg Lennes Moby-Dick stars on Antiques Roadshow on PBS TV (2/12/18) video - Appraisal of Moby-Dick edition illustrated by Rockwell Kent and published by Lakeside Press 1930.
Appraisal: 1930 Rockwell Kent-Illustrated "Moby Dick" Set | Antiques Roadshow | PBS Appraisal: 1930 Rockwell Kent-Illustrated "Moby Dick" Set in New Orleans, LA.
Greg Lennes The final volume of the Northwestern-Newberry THE WRITINGS OF HERMAN MELVILLE--LAST OF 15 VOLUMES in hardback - a major literary accomplishment. 2018-02-14T14:20:22+0000
Greg Lennes REMINDER: March 1st deadline for registration for the two-week program called “Teaching Melville” that will take place this summer in New Bedford. The Whaling Museum will host the event which will take place from June 17th through the 30th. Go to website for details.
Teaching Melville An Institute for School Teachers on Herman Melville’s "Moby-Dick" and the World of Whaling in the Digital Age
Karen Lentz Madison Melvilleans!
Robert Sandberg A Call for Book Proposals: From Richard King of the University Press of New England The University Press of New England and the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program seek book proposals for our “Seafaring America” series. We are looking for works in three categories: 1. Suggestions for timely reissues of forgotten, out-of-print American works of literary and cultural distinction, with new introductions that frame the work for a modern audience. 2. Proposals for anthologies and/or selected editions of writers’ work. 3. Proposals for books of original scholarship or of general interest, according to the series mission below. We have particular interest in underrepresented voices and “blue” environmental studies. _______________________ “Seafaring America” is a series of original and classic works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama exploring the history of America’s engagement with our oceans and coastlines. Spanning diverse eras, populations, and geographical settings, the series strives to introduce, revive, and aggregate a wide range of exemplary and/or seminal stories about our American maritime heritage. This includes the accounts of First Peoples, explorers, voluntary and forced immigrants, women in maritime communities, fishermen, whalers, captains, common sailors, members of the navy and coast guard, marine biologists and oceanographers, and the crews of vessels ranging from lifeboats, riverboats, and tugboats to recreational yachts. “Seafaring America” introduces new stories of maritime interest and reprints books that have fallen out of circulation and deserve reappraisal. The series also publishes selections from well-known works that warrant reconsideration because of the lessons they offer about our relationship with our watery planet.
UPNE | Seafaring America Series Editor: Richard J. King, Williams College-Mystic SeaportSeafaring America is a series of original and classic works of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama exploring the history of America’s engagement with our oceans and coastlines. Spanning diverse eras, perspectives, and geographical s...
Greg Lennes To the wealthy Melvillean: Auction for a first edition of Moby-Dick ending March 7th. 2018-02-13T19:36:41+0000


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.