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

The Eaton Portrait

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

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Melville Electronic Library

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

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Melville Society Cultural Project

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

Herman Melville's Arrowhead

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

The Melville Society Archive 
Description of the contents of box 7

Melville Society Papers: Sanford Marovitz Secretary Records, 1994-1997

[NB Names listed are either writers or recipients of letters]


Correspondence (some copies from 1992, 1993):
Arthur Bennet (4), Dennis Berthold (3), Richard Blevins (2), Kevin Brown, John Bryant (15), Lawrence Coates, James Cornish (2), Ruth Degenhardt (5), B. DeMott, Robert Dunne, Alice Fiddes, Marvin Fisher (10), H. Bruce Franklin (3), Lucy Freibert (3), Stanton Garner (8), Molly Geraghty, Senator John Glenn (2), Edward Grejda (3), Jorg Hanebrink, Jim Harvey (4), Thomas Farel Heffernan (2), Hans Helmcke (2), Mark Hemenway, Charles Herring (2), Sally Hoople, Jeanne C. Howes, Raymona Hull, Wyn Kelley (7), Kevin Kelly, Alfred Kelman, Joyce Kennedy (8), Kathleen Kier, Maribeth Kraus (2), David Leverenz (5), Sanford Marovitz (many), James Maynor, Jane Mushabac, Senator Howard Metzenbaum, Russell Reising, Larry Reynolds, Laurie Robertson-Lorant, Joseph Sample, Representative Thomas Sawyer, Karen Susnitzky, Martin Torodash, John Trollman, Robert K. Wallace, Susan Weiner (6) (fax MLA Catering), Jack Wenke (10), Nicholas Weir-Williams 32), Jim Wohlpart

ALA 1995 [CFP]
Allied Organization of Session Organizers
Directory for Literary Societies
Greece: When? Where? Why? (2)
Marriott catering brochure
MLA deadline
MLA Newsletter
MLA panel
New Bedford National Historical Park [brochure]
New Bedford Whaling Museum Historical Park [flyer]
Special Resource Study on NBWM Historical Park

Newspaper Clipping:
“The Art of Marc Davis”
“A Question of Mutiny” [on Somers Mutiny]


Miscellaneous notes


Jeffrey Anderson, Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, Dennis Berthold (4 plus Investment Proposal), Rhys Bowen, Michael Branch, John Bryant (5 plus Secretary’s Report, CFP, ballot), Gail Coffler (4 plus flyer for Melville/Warren conference, CFP for MLA 1996), Dennis Feen, Marvin Fisher (2), Sara Funke (Yale undergraduate) (2), Stanton Garner (3 plus Allied Organization of the MLA), Robert Gerath, Catherine Gillette (2), Jim Harvey (MLA), Stephen Hartwell, Neil Ryder Hoos (2), John Idol (2), Yang Jincai, Carolyn Karcher, Jan Keessen, Wyn Kelley, Joyce Kennedy, Frederick Kennedy, Maribeth Kraus (3), George Maritime, Sanford Marovitz (many), Rich Mauro, Lucinda Moore (2; at Smithsonian Magazine; article July 1995 Melville bio, mentions Mary K. Bercaw Edwards as a young woman with baby), Richard Newbold (2), Lea Newman (3), Sheila Post-Lauria, Paul Power (2), Laurie Robertson-Lorant (2), John Samson (2), Christina Tanner, Anne Vandegrift, Susan Weiner (3 plus program, request for MLA social event), Jack Wenke, Nathalia Wright (2), Donald Yannella

By-Laws of the Melville Society
MLA Allied Organizations

Extracts #76, 84, 88, 94, 98

Copies of Donald Yannella letters from 1977
Miscellaneous notes

1996 and 1997

B. L. Behera, Dennis Berthold (9), John Bryant (6), Michael Clancy (2), Gail Coffler (4), Hennig Cohen, Gloria Cronin, Jolie Elfand (2), Duncan Faherty, Susan Fanning, Stanton Garner (2), John Golbach, Sally Hoople, Margaret Hutchings, Frederick James Kennedy (3), Sally LaForte, Mary Lento, Sanford Marovitz (many), Robert K. Martin (3), James McCrea, Stacy Murdock, Lea Bertani Newman, Cheryl Peteherych, Claudia Philpott, James Poniewozik, Warrie Price, Larry Romano, Suzan Russell, John Samson, Elizabeth Schultz (4), Lucy Schultz, Karen Skubish (2), Susan Belasco Smith (2), Christopher Sten (5), Sterling Stuckey, Karen Susnitzky (3), Christian Tatu, Robert Tilton, Joseph Tosterud

ALA Panel Proposal
CFP ALA Melville and Philosophy
CFP Melville and Robert Penn Warren
MLA Newsletter (2)
Murray Endowment

Miscellaneous Notes
MLA materials

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Fellowships and Scholarships

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


Click here for more information and application details.


New York Public Library
Short-term Research Fellowships


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


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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.