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

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Descriptions of the folders contained in box 2

Melville Society Box 2: Folder #24 (1975)


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

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”


Melville Society Box 2: Folder #25 (1969-1980)


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)

From Hennig Cohen, to:

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

To Donald Yannella, from:

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

From Donald Yannella, to:

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

From Henry Murray, to:

Lea Tanzman

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]

Melville Society Box 2: Folder #26 (1945-1973)


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)


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


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

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

Melville Society Box 2: Folder #28 (1972-1975)


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

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)


Melville Society Box 2: Folder #29 (1970-1975)


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

From Hennig Cohen, to:

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

From Donald Yannella, to:

Kingsley R. Fall

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

Melville Society Box 2: Folder #30 (1946-1967)


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

Melville Society Box 2: Folder #31 (1958-1963)


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)


Melville Society Box 2:Folder #32 (1954-1956: Motion Picture)


To Tyrus Hillway, from:

Ralph Brinton (Associated British Picture Corporation, Ltd. [3]), Edward Fiess, Jeanie Sims (Elstree Pictures, Limited, personal assistant to John Huston [2]—attached to Tyrus Hillway critique of Bradbury script), Gil Wilson (2)


“The Melville Society Announces A Lecture Tour and Presentation of Paintings by Gil Wilson on ‘Moby Dick,’” signed by Gil Wilson

Newspaper Clippings:

Moby-Dick Movie, Boyle, Hall, “$20 Million Would Fill his Needs, Says Huston”

Moby-Dick Movie, Collier’s (March 4, 1955), “Gregory Peck Fights the Whale”

Moby-Dick Movie, Denver Post (March 13, 1955), “On ‘Moby Dick’ Location”

Moby-Dick Movie, The Eagle’s Berkshire Week (July 29-August 4, 1956), “Moby Dick Comes Home”

Moby-Dick Movie, “Facial Pattern”

Moby-Dick Movie, “Gina Lollobrigida and Friedrick Lebebur”

Moby-Dick Movie, Life (June 25, 1956), “White Whale and Woeful Sea”

Moby-Dick Movie, “Lookalikes”

Moby-Dick Movie, “Moby Dick is Missing”

Moby-Dick Movie, New York Herald Tribune (August 1, 1954), Art Buchwald, “Filming of ‘Moby Dick’: Great Day for the Irish”

Moby-Dick Movie, New York Herald Tribune (August 8, 1954), “Top Irish Critic Cast in ‘Moby Dick’”

Moby-Dick Movie, New York Herald Tribune (October 17, 1954), “Huston’s ‘Moby Dick’ Pure Melville”

Moby-Dick Movie, New York Herald Tribune (January 30, 1955), “John Huston Was Here”

Moby-Dick Movie, New York Herald Tribune (March 20, 1955), “Whaling and Circuses”

Moby-Dick Movie, New York Herald Tribune (April 8, 1956), “Moby Dick Whale of Job”

Moby-Dick Movie, New York Herald Tribune (July 15, 1956), William K. Zinsser, “A Magnificent ‘Moby Dick’”

Moby-Dick Movie, Sunday Independent (Dublin, July 18, 1954), “This Town Has Become the Showpiece of the South”

Mr. Fixit, “Q. Is it possible for a whale to swallow a human being?”

Moby-Dick Movie, “Wish You Were Here”


Melville Society Box 2:Folder #33 (1948-1969)


To Tyrus Hillway, from:

The Berkshire Athenaeum (envelope only), Hennig Cohen, Robert F. McDonnell and Thomas J. Roberts, Nathalia Wright


Anderson, Charles R., “Moby-Dick 1851—1951” calling card

“Billy Budd” by Louis Coxe and Robert Chapman, Sanford Players, Stanford University (May 1, 2, 3, 1952) Program

Colorado-Wyoming Academy of Letters Annual Meeting Program with talk by Hugh W. Hetherington, “A Tribute to the Late Hiram Melville” (May 10, 1952) (4)

Dillingham, William B., An Artist in the Rigging: The Early Works of Herman Melville

“Enchanted Island” movie poster from Warner Brothers (copyright 1958): re-telling of Typee

“Famous Sea Stories by Herman Melville”

Freeman, F. Barron, Melville’s Billy Budd

“going places with the New London Chamber of Commerce” with handwritten note by Tyrus Hillway

“Herman Melville’s Moby Dick” (30-minute film) produced and directed by Jerry Winters with drawings by Gil Wilson

Howard, Leon, Herman Melville: A Biography

The Institute of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University with public reading by C.L.R. James, “The Reader’s Melville” (November 5 & 19, 1952)

Invitation to The Chapin Library of Williams College to hear Luther Stearns Mansfield speak on February 14, 1952

Invitation to “Herman Melville: His Life and Ideas,” Connecticut College, with talks by Tyrus Hillway and Richard Chase (April 18, 1948) (2)

Invitation to the Opening of the Kendall Whaling Museum (September 5, 1957)

James, C.L.R., Mariners, Renegades and Castaways, with New York Times Book Review by Leon Howard (April 5, 1953)

“James Fenimore Cooper Centennial Meetings,” Cooperstown, NY (September 6,7,8, 1951)

“James Fenimore Cooper Centennial Meetings,” Cooperstown, NY (September 6,7,8, 1951) registration card

“Lectures Commemorating the Centennial of the Publication of Moby Dick,” including Louis Hasley, John T. Frederick, Ernest S. Sandeen, Howard P. Vincent

Leyda, Jay, The Melville Log: A Documentary Life of Herman Melville 1819-1891

Leyda, Jay, ed., The Portable Melville

McNeir, Waldo, and Leo B. Levy, Studies in American Literature

“Melville and Nantucket,” Nantucket Historical Association Program (August 15, 1951) with talks by Edouard A. Stackpole and Wilson L. Heflin (2)

Melville Society Conference, Nantucket, MA, Program (September 5-8, 1969)

Memento of Melville Society convention held in Detroit, MI, in 1951 (complete with embossed seal of Detroit)

Moby-Dick and The America of 1851,” Williams College, Williamstown, MA, Program (September 2, 3, 4, 1951) with welcome by Eleanor Melville Metcalf, “The Social Setting of Moby-Dick” (Henry Nash Smith), “Melville’s Prisoners” (Harrison Hayford), and “In Nomine Diaboli” (Henry A. Murray) (2)

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville: A Century of an American Classic: 1851-1951” Exhibition at Princeton University Library (October 15—December 1, 1951) (3)

“Moby Dick Centennial Celebration” Program (November 17, 1951)

Myers, Henry Alonzo, Are Men Equal?, with short blurb by Willard Thorp

“The New Bibliography of American Literature” (post January 1, 1944)—Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for the Bibliographical Society of America hand-corrected to F. B. Adams, Jr. (2)

“The New Harper’s Modern Classics,” including Moby Dick with introduction by Clifton Faidman

“A New Seminar: American Literature and the Sea (June 24—August 2, 1968),” The University of Connecticut and the Frank C. Munson Memorial Institute of American Maritime History; course initiated by John D. Seelye

Pommer, Henry F., Milton and Melville

Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Sixth Annual Meeting Program (October 10-11, 1952) with talks by Bruce Ingram Granger and Hugh W. Hetherington

“A Special Invitation to American Literature Scholars” [small card with only these words on it]

Thompson, Lawrance, Melville’s Quarrel with God

University of Missouri-Columbia Lectures in English (1968-1969) with talk by Richard Hocks on “Billy Budd: Melville and the Nineteenth Century”

Wilson, Gil, Moby-Dick: 100 Color Drawings

Wright, Nathalia, Melville’s Use of the Bible (2)


Horsford, Howard C., “Four Recent Biographical Studies of Melville”

Nichols, Luther, “Melville Morality Drama Given Sound Production” (copy of Billy Budd review for San Francisco Chronicle)


The Berkshire Athenaeum Annual Report (1952)

Henry Murray presenting oil painting of Maria Gansevoort Melville to the Berkshire Athenaeum

Sanford Players Newsletter, 5 (Summer Quarter 1952)

Thoreau Society Bulletin, 10 (replica of The Concord Freeman)

Two Centuries of Progress: 1752-1952, Annual Report, Pittsfield, MA, with photograph of

Newspaper Clippings:

The Concord Freeman (n.d.: post April 19, 1876)

Howard, Leon, “New life of Herman Melville features different approach,” New York Times Book Review (April 5, 1953)

Photograph of “Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab in John Huston’s ‘Moby Dick,’” New York Herald-Tribune (May 1955)

“Rums of Puerto Rico” advertisement, including “Nantucket Reveals Rum Recipes of Whaling Days”


Map showing how to get to Kendall Whaling Museum

Special Collections call-slip (November 15, 1978)

Whaler Bar cocktail napkin (2)


Melville Society Box 2:Folder #34 (1981)


To Donald Yannella, from:

Sharon D. Baker, Joseph Brogunier, John Budd, Catherine L. Crohan (Boston College), Edward Gallagher, Jill Gidmark, A. Jahum (?), Margorie Hoar (Boston College), Maureen Holloway (University of Arkansas), Ruth C. Kanner (Moore-Cottrell Subscription Agencies), Sims Kline (Stetson University Library), Barbara Koller (Xavier University Library), Shannon Lane (U of Texas/Arlington), Richard G. MacDonald (Boston Athenaeum [2]), Jean Miller (Boston College), Jane Mushabac, Thomas F. O’Connell (Boston College), Lesley Porteous (National Library of Scotland), Wayne Pounds (Baika Women’s College, Japan), Tom Quirk, David Rota (McKendree College), Haskell Springer, Sandra Sutton (U of North Carolina), Willis Clayton Tull (Unitarian & Universalist Genealogical Society), Carol Vaughan (U of Southern Mississippi [3]), Joseph ([not Jack?] Wenke)

From Donald Yannella, to:

Joseph Brogunier, Helen Fanucchi (UC Davis), Ellen Lange (UC Davis), Richard G. MacDonald, Morris Library (Southern Illinois U, Carbondale), Lenore Muskett (SUNY Binghamton [2]), Niedersachsische Staats, S. Roberts (Yankee Book Peddler), Willis Clayton Tull, U of Georgia Libraries, U of Rochester Library


“A New Home for the Society and Extracts” (signed Joseph Flibbert)

Invoices & Receipts:

Auburn University

Authorized Business Machines [2]

Bodleian Library

Boston College [2]

Brown University [2]

Cyr, Paul (New Bedford Public Library)

Dalhousie University Library (Canada)

Dartmouth College [2]

Detroit Public Library

Duke University Library [2]

East Texas State University

East Texas State University Library


Emory University [2]

First National Bank

Florida State University

Fordham University Library

George Mason University

Glassboro State College [11]

Howard University [2]

Hyatt Regency, Houston

Iowa State University

Kennedy, Frederick J.

Library of Congress

Louisiana State University [3]

MacMillan, D. J.

Moore-Cottrell Subscription Agency [2]

Northwestern University

Ohio University Library [2]

Old Dominion University Library

Review Printing Company [3]

Roper, Gordon

Shikoku Gakuin Daigaku Library [2]

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale


Stanford University [2]

State University College of Arts and Science, Geneseo

SUNY Stony Brook

Syracuse University

Texas A & M University

Texas Women’s University

Unidentified Receipts (MS printing, postage, etc.) [36]

U.S. Naval Academy Library

University of Arkansas

University of California, Davis [4]

University of California, San Diego

University of Colorado

University of Delaware [2]

University of Florida

University of Hawaii

University of Iowa Libraries

University of Maine

University of Maryland

University of Mississippi

University of Missouri-Columbia [2]

University of New York, Albany

University of North Carolina

University of Rochester [2]

University of Southern California [2]

University of Tennessee

University of Texas/Arlington

University of Toledo

University of Waterloo (Canada)

Wake Forest University [2]

Washington State University

Xavier University

Yale University

Yale University Library


“Endless Winding Way in Melville” to Dr. George Wolfe at U of Alabama

List of figures


Melville Society Box 2:Folder 35 (1980)


To Donald Yannella, from:

Collamer M. Abbott, Joyce Adler, Steve Antonio, Jeanetta Boswell, Lindsey A. Clapp, Paul Cyr, Marilyn I. Davis, Enoch Pratt Free Library (same as invoice below), Edward Gallagher, I. A. Jahm, Lois Julsrud, Alice P. Kenney, David Kesterson, Heinz Kosok, John Middleton, Ed C. Miranda, Arthur Monke, James Nelson, Michael Oriard, Wayne Pounds, M. M. Gina Riddle, Warren Rosenberg, Allen Schwab, Nolan E. Smith, Victor Thacker (dues form), Marilyn Yackle (EBSCO Subscription Services), Kazunori Yokota (2)

From Donald Yannella, to:

Collamer M. Abbott, Jeanetta Boswell, Lindsey A. Clapp, Paul Cyr, Detroit Public Library Language and Literature Department (with copy), EBSCO Subscription Services (“We are nonplussed to understand why numbers 40 and 41 have gone astray.”), Edward Gallagher, Aretta Hayes (Acquisitions Department, Old Dominion University), I. A. Jahm, Lois Julsrud, Heinz Kosok, John Middleton, Ed C. Miranda, Arthur Monke, James Nelson, Michael Oriard, Wayne Pounds, M. M. Gina Riddle, Nolan E. Smith, Victor Thacker, Marilyn Yackle (EBSCO Subscription Services), Kazunori Yokota

Invoices & Receipts:

Authorized Business Machines (4)


Carlson Library

Current Company

Detroit Public Library (10)

EBSCO Subscription Services (9)

Enoch Pratt Free Library (same as letter above)

  1. F. W. Faxon Company (2)

First National Bank (22)

Fordham University Library (2)

Georgetown University Library

Glasboro, NJ (10)

Glasboro State College (8)

Heflin, Wilson L., “New Light on Melville’s Cruise in the Charles and Henry”

International Business Machines

Lynch, Michael, check

MacMillan, D. J., check

Medeiros Bus Co., Inc., New Bedford, MA

Morris Library

Niedersächsische Staats – Und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen

Ohio University

Pitman, NJ (3)

Review Printing Company (10)

Roper, Gordon, check

Smith, Nelson, check

Stanford University

Syracuse University Library (8)

Texas A&M University (complaint-adjustment request via EBSCO Subscription Services)

Tokai Bank

Trigon Press

U.S. Naval Academy (6)

University of Florida (3)

University of Hawaii

University of Illinois at Chicago Circle

University of Toledo

Yankee Book Peddler (3)

Yale University


On dedication of plaque at site of Melville’s home in NYC 1863-1891


Melville Society Box 2:Folder #36 (1982)


To Donald Yannella, from:

Joe A. Baltero, Rajen Barua, Mohamed Elias, Nellvena Duncan Eutsler, Joseph Flibbert, Marta B. Gasioi (U of California Press), Hannalore Horlacher (Universitat Erlangen-Numberg), Richard G. MacDonald (3), Ralph Orth, L. V. Porteus (National Library of Scotland), Lee Renshaw (U Texas/Arlington), Clifford Ross, Shizuo Sawai (Yushoda Booksellers), Steven Schaefer (Uncle Remus Regional Library), Kazunori Yukota

From Donald Yannella, to:

Blackwell’s [2], P. & H. Bliss, Kathy Brannon (Louisiana State U Library), Mrs. Howard O. Brogan, Mohamed Elias, Nellvena Duncan Eutsler, Joseph Flibbert, Marta B. Gasoi (U of California Press), Lynn Hamilton (Blackwell’s), Hannalore Horlacher (Universitat Erlangen-Numberg), Howard University Library, Richard G. MacDonald (Boston Athenaeum), Judith Ludwig Nielsen (Cheshire Academy), Ralph Orth (U of Vermont), Osaka Books, Mrs. Radbourne (Blackwell’s), Clifford Ross, Shizuo Sawai, University of California, Berkeley, University of Georgia [2], University of Texas/Austin, Howard P. Vincent, Wake Forest University Library, Mitsu Yoshida, Kazunori Yukota

Invoices & Receipts:

Blackwell’s [2]

Citizens Bank (statements)

Commercial Stationery Company

Geiger Printing & Office Supply

Hub City Rubber Stamp

Louisiana State University Library

Osaka Books

P & H Bliss

University of California, Berkeley

University of Georgia

University of Texas/Arlington

University of Texas/Austin

Wake Forest University


Melville Society Box 2:Folder #37 (1982: Extracts 49)


To Donald Yannella, from:

Deborah Andrews, Hennig Cohen [2], Wai-chee Dimock, Lyon Evans [2], Stuart M. Frank [8], Richard D. Leonard, Alma MacDougall, Robert G. Newman (Berkshire Athenaeum), Doug Robillard [4], John P. Runden, Viola Sachs, Jack Scherting [2], Frank Shuffelton, Michael N. Stanton [4]

From Donald Yannella, to:

Deborah Andrews, Lyon Evans [1], Stuart M. Frank [4], Doug Robillard [2], Viola Sachs, Jack Scherting [2], Michael N. Stanton [3]

From Stuart M Frank, to:

Robert G. Newman

From Richard D. Leonard to:

John P. Runden

From Robert G. Newman, to:

Stuart M. Frank

Manuscripts (all typescript, unless otherwise noted):

Cohen, Hennig, “The Landscapes of Melville’s Poetry”

Dimock, Wai-chee, “White-Jacket, Authors, and Audiences”

Evans, Lyon D., Jr., “The Source of Melville’s ‘The Little Good Fellows’” [2]

Frank, Stuart, author bio

Frank, Stuart M., “Herman Melville’s Chair” [4]

Garner, Stanton, “Guert’s Reading”

“Heads, Ext 49” (handwritten)

Keller, Mark A., “‘A Man of Many Words’—An Anecdote About Melville in The Spirit of the Times

MacDougall, Alma, Untitled, on Northwestern-Newberry Israel Potter

Rejected pages on Sarah Morewood

Robillard, Douglas, “A Possible Source for Melville’s Goetic and Theurgic Magic”

Scherting, Jack, “The Chaldee Allusion in Moby-Dick: Its Antecedent and Its Implicit Scepticism” [2]

Shuffelton, Frank, “Going Through the Long Vaticans: Melville’s ‘Extracts’ in Moby-Dick” (Abstract)

Stanton, Michael N., “Masonic Symbolism in Melville’s Pierre” [2]

Untitled manuscript sheet on voice in White-Jacket

Untitled 1-page “Note”

Untitled 2-page “Note”


Melville plaque, Wai-chee Dimock, Hennig Cohen (?), Lyon Evans (?)

“Old Chairs to Mend,” image from Israel Potter


Melville Society Box 2:Folder #38 (1982: Extracts 50)


To Donald Yannella, from:

John Bryant, Andrew Decker [2] (Sotheby’s), M. Thomas Inge [2], Anthony S. Magistrale, Pamela Matthews

From Donald Yannella, to:

Andrew Decker [2], M. Thomas Inge, Anthony S. Magistrale


Bryant, John, “Trends in Melville Scholarship: Dissertations in the 1970s” [2]

Decker, Andrew, “Untitled” (on Barbara Johnson auction of whaling books and materials) [2]

Hirsch, Penny L., “Melville’s Spenser Edition for The Encantadas

Inge, M. Thomas, “Melville in the Comic Books” [2]

Magistrale, Anthony S., “Melville’s Pierre and Dostoevsky’s The Idiot: Romantic Idealism Into Despair” [2]

Sealts, Merton M., Jr., “Melville and Whitman”

Table of Contents

Untitled Note on Melville documentary

Untitled Note on new publications


“Cachalot Fishery” (Garneray)

Carved doll bed and doll [Barbara Johnson Collection?]

Harpoons [Barbara Johnson Collection?]

“‘Ship Chandler’s Shop’ at home of Barbara Johnson”

Two scrimshaw cane heads, Barbara Johnson Collection

Whalebone and Whale Ivory Swift, Barbara Johnson Collection

Whaling Boat Model, Barbara Johnson Collection

Whalebone Busk, Barbara Johnson Collection

Whale Weathervane [Barbara Johnson Collection?]

Wooden chest, with whalebone trim


Melville Society Box 2:Folder #39 (1982-1983: Extracts [51])


To Donald Yannella, from:

James A. Field, Jr., Rita Gollin, Harrison Hayford, John Idol [2], M. Thomas Inge, Linda Smith Rhoads, Linda Ross, Jeffrey Steele, Emily Tall

From Donald Yannella, to:

James A. Field, Jr., Harrison Hayford, Tom Quirk, Linda Smith Rhoads, Merton M. Sealts, Jr.


Bezanson, Walter, “Hawthorne and Melville and the Art of Fiction”

Doenges, Richard, “The Belle-Tower, or, Diana’s Polite Salute”

“Echoes of Great Hearts Resound in the Berkshires”: collection of Notes and Abstracts of papers from Melville-Hawthorne gathering

Garner, Stanton, “Melville’s Scout Toward Aldie”

Hayford, Harrison, Report on Hawthorne-Melville Conference June 1982


Steele, Jeffrey, “Emerson, Melville, Hawthorne, and the Unconscious”

Table of Contents for Extracts 51


From Melville-Hawthorne Conference: including Walter Bezanson, Hennig Cohen, Jonathan Cook [?], Curtis Dahl, Joseph Flibbert, Harrison Hayford, Henry and Nina Murray, Robert G. Newman, Merton M. Sealts, Jr., Bette Weidman, Donald Yannella


Melville Society Box 2:Folder #40 (1981-1982)


To Donald Yannella, from:

James Barbour (2), Stanton Garner (14)

From Donald Yannella, to:

James Barbour, Stanton Garner (3), Carole Moses, Fred Warner

From Stanton Garner, to:

James M.Cox


“The Confidence Man: Opera in two acts,” [Bryn Mawr?], PA (July 31, August 4, 13, 21, 1982)


Garner, Stanton, “Melville’s Scout Toward Aldie”

Garner, Stanton, “Melville’s Scout Toward Aldie—Illustrations” (2)

Moses, Carole, “Spenserian Allusion in ‘Sketch Fourth’ of The Encantadas


William Budd, WASHNY 8181, with autograph (from Stanton Garner)

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Fellowships and Scholarships

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


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New York Public Library
Short-term Research Fellowships


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


Click here for more information and application details.

From Our Photo Collections

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Woodlawn Cemetary

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

125th Anniversary Celebration

125th Woodlawn

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

Lansingburgh Historical Society

Melville House

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

Berkshire Historical Society

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