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Descriptions of the 8 folders contained in box 2

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 2: Folder #24


A. To Hennig Cohen, from:

Mary Louise Back (Duke University Press), John G. Bowen (2), Scott Donaldson, Carol B. Gardner (with clipping: “On The Road With Two Small Press Missionaries In A White Whale”), Peter L. Hays, Tyrus Hillway, Jeanne Howes, Lauriat Lane, Jr. (2, including one with notice about Pearl Chester Solomon’s Dickens and Melville in Their Time), Bern Oldsey, David Picton-Phillips (Picton Publishing), Fred van der Zee (Rodopi Press), Leroy O. Webb (with list of U.S. submarines named after whales & other marine animals), Doug Wilmer (with clipping “Scrimshaw Would Be OK For 7 Years”), Donald Yannella

B. From Hennig Cohen, to:

Mr. Ellis (University of Pennsylvania)

Andringa, Melvin, “The Confidence Man” [press release dated March 7, 1975]
Herman Melville, The Whale, and Whaling (Kent State University Press)
Hetherington, Hugh, Melville’s Reviewers (1975) [press release]
National Whale Symposium
Schmitt, Frederick P., The Whale’s Tale as Told on Postage Stamps


Extracts, Spring 1974 (heavily marked)
Extracts, [21?] (heavily marked)

Newspaper Clippings:

“Branch, Watson Gailey, Melville, the critical heritage” (April 7, 1975)
“Columbia Gets Harper Archives” ([1975?])
“Connecticut May Adopt Sperm Whale” (March 26, 1975)
“Homo Sapiens Has His Hour as Connecticut’s State Animal” (May 1975)
“Kenny, Vincent. Herman Melville’s Clarel: a Spiritual Autobiography” (Feb. 1, [1975])
“Melville Drama At Rose Tree” ([n.d.])
“Melville’s UUism Surprises Kring” (May 1, 1975)
“New ‘Whalers’ Study in Alaska” re: John Bockstoce (July 27, [1975?])
“Richard O’Connell . . . adaptation of Herman Melville’s ‘The Confidence Man’’ ([n.d.])
“Transmission Problems in Cars Linked to Ban on Whale-Killing” (April 17, 1975)
“The Waterfront at New Bedford, as seen by ‘Moby Dick’” ([unidentified source])
“Whale of a Gal” (June 22, 1975)


Note for Extracts re: Steven Mailloux’s Checklist of Reviews dated Nov. 1975
Note for Extracts re: Douglas Robillard’s Poems of Herman Melville dated Nov. 1975


Melville Room, Berkshire Athenaeum (3), all inscribed “Melville Room/new/Berkshire Athenaeum”

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Melville Society Box 2: Folder #25


A. To Hennig Cohen, from:

Harrison Hayford (2), Henry A. Murray, Robert G. Newman, Walter Hendricks, Paul H. Rohmann, Ralph W. W. (Folcroft Library Editions), C. Webster Wheelock, Gil Wilson (2)

B. From Hennig Cohen, to:

Walter Bezanson, Walter Hendricks, Henry A. Murray, Robert G. Newman, Muriel Rukeyser, C. Webster Wheelock, Donald Yannella

C. To Donald Yannella, from:

Curtis Dahl, Tyrus Hillway, Lea Tanzman (3), Howard Vincent, C. Webster Wheelock, Gil Wilson

D. From Donald Yannella, to:

Peter Bertolette, Tyrus Hillway, Lea Tanzman, Howard Vincent, C. Webster Wheelock (2)

E. From Henry Murray, to:

Lea Tanzman

F. From Herbert Read, to:

Lea Tanzman


The Gale Gallery (including a sculptured head of Herman Melville)

Hendricks House (including Piazza Tales ed. Egbert S. Oliver, Pierre ed. Henry Murray, Moby-Dick ed. Luther Mansfield & Howard P. Vincent, The Confidence Man ed. Elizabeth S. Foster, Clarel ed. Walter E. Bezanson, Omoo ed. Harrison Hayford & Walter Blair)


Octagon Books

Vincent, Howard P., “Jottings of a Consumptive Usher” [on the death of Eleanor Melville Metcalf]

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Melville Society Box 2: Folder #26


A. To Tyrus Hillway, from:

Walter Bezanson, Hennig Cohen (9), Koh Kasegawa, Kenneth A. Lohf, Luther S. Mansfield, John L. Marsh, Robert G. Newman, Louis G. Pecek, Merton M. Sealts, Jr., Gil Wilson (2), Saburo Yamaya

Christmas Meeting, Melville Society, Newberry Library, December 27, [unknown year]
Formation of Melville Society in February 1945 (2)
Melville Society Conference, Nantucket, September 5-8, 1969
Some Recent Articles Relating to Melville (January 1947 to September 1948)

“Extracts” (June 20, 1969)
“Extracts” (August 15, 1969)
“Extracts” (November 7, 1969)
Extracts, No. 10
Extracts, No. 11
Extracts, No. 12
Extracts, [undated odd page]
Melville Society Newsletter (December 1961)
Melville Society Newsletter, II (August 23, 1962)
Melville Society Newsletter, Vol. IV, No. 1 (February 25, 1948) (4 copies)

List of Membership (May 20, 1948)

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Melville Society Box 2: Folder #27 (1972-1975)


A. To Hennig Cohen, from:

Darrel Abel, Jean Alter, David V. Erdman (New York Public Library), Ed J. Keanes (3), Richard S. Moore, Joel Myerson, Robert G. Newman, Leland R. Phelps, Edwin S. Shneidman, Philip Wilmeth

B. From Hennig Cohen, to:

Kingsley Widmer

Bookman’s Weekly list of Melville editions for sale (October 14, 1974), with stapled announcement by George S. MacManus Co. of Melville editions
Notice of Melville Dissertations: An Annotated Directory, eds. Joel Myerson and Arthur H. Miller, Jr.

South Street Reporter (Fall 1972)

Newspaper Clippings:
Article about Moby-Dick and other books as controversial for high school classroom use, Philadelphia Inquirer (November 1, 1974)
Article about New Jersey whaling, Star-Ledger (January 30, 1975)
Article about Ronile Press, Philadelphia Inquirer (August 31, 1974)
Finney, Jack, “Time and Again” (stapled to note from Joel Myerson to Hennig Cohen)
Lentfoehr, Sister Therese, “In the Wake of Moby Dick” [review of John Bennett’s Knights and Squires: More Poems on Moby Dick sent to Hennig Cohen by John Bennett]
“Melvilliana,” New York Times (August 4, 1974)
Notice of Off Off-Broadway production of Moby Dick, Village Voice (August 1, 1974)

Note about Turner water color #357 at the Tate

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Melville Society Box 2: Folder #28


A. To Hennig Cohen, from:

Mr. Barrick, Wilson Heflin, Miriam N. Kotzin, James [?] [Middlebroth?], Roberta Montalbano, Andy Myers, Robert G. Newman (2), Francine Pak, Douglas Robillard, Robert Zoellner

B. From Hennig Cohen, to:

Douglas Robillard

Dedication of the New Public Library, Pittsfield, MA (October 5, 1975)
DELTA, revue du “Centre d’Etude et de Recherches sur les ecrivains du Sud des Etats-Unis” re: Number 6, October 1977, on H. Melville, “Bartleby the Scrivener”
Invitation to Pittsfield’s New Public Library (October 5, 1975)

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Melville Society Box 2: Folder #29


A. To Hennig Cohen, from:

Deborah C. Andrews (3), Rex [Kingsley R.?] Fall, Lucy Freibert (2), Thomas P. Garigan, Stanley W. Lindberg, John L. Marsh (10), Arthur Miller, Henry Murray (3), Mrs. William Ricketts

B. From Hennig Cohen, to:

Deborah C. Andrews, Lucy Freibert (2), John L. Marsh (4), Arthur Miller (2), Henry Murray (3), The Melville Society

C. From Donald Yannella, to:

Kingsley R. Fall

D. To Robert G. Newman, from:

R.C. Robertson

Melville Society
“Moby-Dick Rehearsed,” Temple University (November 26-29, December 2-6, 1975)
The Scrimshaw Press

Cost for Jan. 1972 Newsletter
Eastern Book Company
Joel Myerson & Arthur H. Miller, Jr., Melville Dissertations: An Annotated Directory (5)
Melville Society Extracts
Midwest Library Service
Nancy D. Johnson (2)
Quotation from Cypher Associates for “Melville Society Poetry Book” [presumably the same as the “Melville Keepsake Book”]
Quotation from Science Press for “Melville Keepsake Book” [presumably the same as the “Melville Society Poetry Book”]
Universitat, Salzburg [for copy of dissertation]
University of Alberta (2)
Wayne State University (3)

Marsh, John L., “Verse in Celebration of the Life and Art of Herman Melville: A Check List”
Shneidman, Edwin S., on Stanwix Melville

Newspaper Clippings:
“Arrowhead: a literary landmark” [letter to the Editor], Berkshire Eagle (December 31, 1974)
“Arrowhead gets unanimous vote,” Berkshire Eagle (January 23, 1975) (2)
“Drawing of Arrowhead” (December 26, 1974)
“Homeowners, scholars back museum idea for Melville home” (January 20, 1975)
“In Brief . . . ” [re: Arrowhead on the market] (December 28, 1974)
“Melville Memorial Support Mounts,” Springfield Union (January 21, 1975)
“Melville Society to meet in Pittsfield next year,” Berkshire Eagle (January 16, 1975)
“Scrimshaw” [re: The Scrimshaw Press], New York Times Book Review (September 21, 1975)

Handwritten jottings re: Extracts (4)
Note on Borges ed. of Bartleby (1969)
Notes on Laurentian whales, Hugh MacDiarmid (3)
Note on Norton Critical Edition of Moby-Dick, ed. Harrison Hayford & Hershel Parker
Note [random]: “Copies of Hennig Cohen’s correspondence from letters, since renewed by Dr. Yannella”
Notes on Roger Starbuck, “Taking a Whale, Harper’s Weekly (December 22, 1866) (2)
Photocopied library catalogue cards

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Melville Society Box 2: Folder #30


To Tyrus Hillway, from:
Merton Babcock, Laurence Barrett (2), Walter E. Bezanson, William Braude, Mrs. E. Barton Chapin, George Creeger (2), Frank Davidson, Merrell Davis, Edward Fiess (2), John T. Frederick (2), Gerhard Friedrich, Dorset Graves, Keiichi Harada, Wilson Heflin (2), Hans Helmcke (2), Gilbert Hoover, Howard Horsford (2), H. Howard Hughes, David Jaffe (2), Grace Jager, Norman E. Jarrard, Fred Jordan (2), Norman Kane, Koh Kasegawa, Floreine Kibler, James Kirsch (6), Katie M. Kiss (3), Francis Kovaleski (2), Klaus Langzinger (2), Tom Little, William H. Lomicka, Annette P. Lynch, Thomas O. Mabbott (3), Irving Malin, Chave McCracken, Eric Mesterson, Mother M. De Montfort, Robert G. Newman (4), Therman B. O’Daniel, Egbert Oliver, Norman Holmes Pearson (2), Harold Ribalow, Gordon Roper, Roma Rosen, John P. Runden, Ernest Sandeen, Merton M. Sealts, Jr. (2), Stuart C. Sherman (5), George T. Smisor, Robert Smith, B. A. Sokoloff, George Winchester Stone, Leo Stone (2), Phloyd Tayler, Willard Thorpe, Ralph Wilcoxen (2), Louis L. Williams, Leah Yabroff
From Tyrus Hillway, to:
Leah Yabroff

To Howard C. Horsford, from:
Ralph M. Aderman, Wilson Heflin, Merton M. Sealts, Jr., Nathalia Wright


Additions to the Melville Log

Address to Librarians, Booksellers, and All Owners of Melville Editions (November 1965)

Grand Celebration of the Christmas Season (December 27, 1965)

“Literary Landmarks USA”

“Melville Bibliography”

Melville Society Dues Notice (1947)

“Objectives” (13 copies)

Report to Members of the Melville Society (1965)

Schedule of Meetings of the Modern Language Society (January 13, 1958)

“Some Recent Articles Relating to Melville” (1/47-9/48) (4 copies)

Statement of Income and Expenses for the Year 1946

To the Pequod Crew (1966)

Wilson, Gil, Statement


Melville Society “Extracts,” 13 (January 1973)

Melville Society “Extracts,” 14 (April 1973)

Melville Society Newsletter, 2.1 (April 30, 1946) (5 copies)

Melville Society Newsletter, 2.2 (July 30, 1946) (5 copies)

Melville Society Newsletter, 2.3 (October 30, 1946) (12 copies)

Melville Society Newsletter, 2.4 (December 14, 1946) (15 copies)

Melville Society Newsletter, 2.5 (January 30, 1947) (13 copies)

Melville Society Newsletter, 3.1 (May 15, 1947) (8 copies)

Melville Society Newsletter, 3.2 (August 8, 1947) (12 copies)

Melville Society Newsletter, 3.3 (November 10, 1947) (6 copies)

Melville Society Newsletter, 4.1 (February 25, 1948)

Melville Society Newsletter, 4.2 (June 30, 1948) (2 copies)

Melville Society Newsletter, 4.3 (November 1, 1948)

Melville Society Newsletter [different numbering], 13.3 (Autumn 1957)

Melville Society Newsletter [different numbering], 13.4 (Winter 1957)

Melville Society Newsletter [different numbering], 14.1 (Spring 1958)

Melville Society Newsletter [different numbering], 4.2 [error: should be 14.2] (Summer 1958)

Melville Society Newsletter [different numbering], 14.3 (Autumn 1958)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 60 (Summer 1957)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 61 (Fall 1957)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 62 (Winter 1958)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 63 (Spring 1958)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 64 (Summer 1958)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 65 (Fall 1958)

Newspaper Clippings:

Nelson, Truman, “Walden on Trial,” The Nation (July 19, 1958) [reprint]


List of Membership (November 11, 1965)

Melville Society Members in Good (paid) and Bad (unpaid) standing (November 22, 1966)

Northwestern-Newberry ([1967?])

Northwestern-Newberry (January 17, 1967)

Notice of the death of Eleanor Metcalf—opens Report to Melville Society (1964)

Provisional Proposals for a Grand and Glorious Gam ([1965?])

Report on Melville Society “Extracts” (March 5, 1970)

Report on Melville Society “Extracts” (October 22, 1970)

Report on Melville Society “Extracts” (February 20, 1971)

Report on Melville Society “Extracts” (May 3, 1971)

Sealts, Merton M., Jr., re: “Melville’s Burgundy Club Sketches”


Berkshire Athenaeum acknowledgment

Indiana University Library issue request and bill

State of Oregon Library purchase order (2)

University of California Library request

University of Hawaii (3)

University of Illinois

University of Texas

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Melville Society Box 2: Folder #31


A. To Tyrus Hillway, from:

Ralph M. Aderman, Nelson F. Adkins, William S. Akin (6), Nelson A. Ault, Melva Lynn Baker (Arlington State College Library), Edwin F. Barber (Harper & Brothers) (2), Laurence Barrett (5, including 2 telegrams), Helen M. Brewer, M. Schoeller Bucherstube (Berlin bookseller), Herbert Cahoon, Bill [Cha—?], Katherine Allen Clarke, F.A. Cook (Prentice-Hall), Reginald L. Cook, George Creeger (2), Walter W. Curley, Andrew P. Davis (2), Fitzroy Davis, Edith Deer (Rutgers University), Grace M. DeWeerdt (McGregor Magazine), Editors of Abstracts of English Studies, John Ervin, Jr. (University of Minnesota Press), Elizabeth Eulass (Viking Press), Joseph L. Fant, Olive Fite (2), Chad Flake (Brigham Young University Library), J.C. Fleming (Prentice-Hall) (2), Richard Fogle (3), John T. Frederick (4), Gerhard Friedrich (3), Edward G. Freehafer (New York Public Library), “George” [writing from Wurzburg, Germany], Donna Gerstenberger, William A. Grant (2), Dorset Graves, Wilson Heflin, Hans Helmcke (4), George Hendrick, Howard C. Horsford, Barbara Howard, William H. Huff (University of Illinois Library), H. Howard Hughes, Margaret Irwin (Columbia University Library) (2), Norman E. Jannard, Sidney Kaplan, Koh Kasegawa, James Kirsch, Katie M. Kiss, Harro H. Kuhnelt, Klaus Lanzinger (3), Tom Little (2), John J. McAleer (2), B. R. McElderry, Jr., John McKiernan, Henry K. Metcalf, George A. Middendorf, Gordon H. Mills, Robert F. Newman, Paul E. O’Connell (Prentice-Hall), Therman B. O’Daniel (2), Yvonne Ozaki (University of Hawaii Library), Helen Palffy (John Carroll University Library), Max Putzel, Gordon Roper, R. Rosen, Ernest Sandeen, Donald B. Sands, John Satterfield, Lewis Sawin, Laura B. Schatz (Trinity College Library), Shirley Schneider, Stuart C. Sherman (Providence Public Library) (6, including telegram), James Edward Sisson, B.A. Sokoloff (3), Richard Stavig (6), George Winchester Stone, Jr. (MLA) (4), Willard Thorp, Joe Timberlake (3), Harold M. Turaw [?], University of Michigan Library, University of Texas Library, Ralph Wilcoxen

The Berkshire Athenaeum, Annual Reports (1960)
Hennig Cohen, ed., The Battle-Pieces of Herman Melville
Membership Directory for The Thoreau Society (January 1960)
Tentative Schedule of the 1960 MLA Meeting
Tentative Schedule of the 1961 MLA Meeting

Ohio State University Library
Southern Illinois University Library (2)
University of California, Berkeley
University of Hawaii
University of Oregon Library

“December Meeting to be Held in Chicago”
de Menil, Alexander, The Hesperian (St. Louis), 1 (Spring 1897): 497.
Laurence Barrett, Presidential Letter for Melville Society Newsletter, vol. 15, no. 3 ([Fall 1959?])
Melville Society Newsletter, vol. 14, no. 4 (Winter 1958)
Melville Society Newsletter, vol. 15, no. 3 ([Fall 1959?])
Note: “Herman Melville’s novels, it would seem, have not as yet entirely gone out of print,”

J. Lyndon Shanley, Pleasures of Walden (Thoreau Society Bulletin, 15)
Thoreau Society Booklet, 14
Thoreau Society Bulletin, 66 (Winter 1959)
Thoreau Society Bulletin, 67 (Spring 1959)
Thoreau Society Bulletin, 68 (Summer 1959)
Thoreau Society Bulletin, 69 (Fall 1959)
Thoreau Society Bulletin, 70 (Winter 1960)

Newspaper Clippings:
“4 Actors Seeking Teaching Degree,” New York Times ([—r?] 7, 1960) [with “Fitzroy Davis” underlined]
“Akiana at Wheaton College” (January 1959)
“Dr. Howard P. Vincent: Author to Join KSU Faculty”
“Study of Melville Novel,” Men and Events (February 1958)

Melville Society Executive Committee (1960)
Melville Society Officers (1957, 1958, 1959)

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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.