Herman Melville - J.O. Eaton Portrait - 1870 - by Permission of Harvard University
Portrait by Joseph Oriel Eaton, 1870, by permission of Houghton Library, Harvard University [*61Z-4]
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whale-trp200Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies appears three times a year in March, June, and October. We welcome articles, notes, reviews, and creative writing on the life, works, and influence of novelist and poet Herman Melville (1819-1891). Click here for more information.

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

jhup-logoTo join the Melvillle Society and subscribe to Leviathan, visit Leviathan's Johns Hopkins University Press journal site by clicking here.

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.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

American Literature Association 22nd Annual Conference

Melville Among the Poets 

Dates: May 26-29, 2011

Location: The Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02116-5798, 617-262-9600

Melville Among the Poets: Battle-Pieces
Organized by the Herman Melville Society

Chair: Douglas Robillard, University of New Haven

1. “National Amputation: Melville’s Literary Production in an Age of Civil War,” Liam Corley, Cal Poly Pomona
2. “Wordsworth’s The Excursion and Melville’s ‘"The House-top",’” Christopher M. Ohge, Editorial Institute, Boston University
3. “Melville Among the Newspapers: Popular Wartime Poetry and Battle-Pieces,” Aaron Shackelford, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
4. “Union Blues: Call and Response in Herman Melville’s Battle-Pieces,” Stephanie A. Smith, University of Florida

Melville Among the Poets: Clarel and Beyond
Organized by the Herman Melville Society

Chair: Chris Phillips, Lafayette College

1. “Melville, Dante, and the End of the Poem,” Martin Kevorkian, The University of Texas at Austin
2. “Melville, Milton, and the Footnotes,” Douglas Robillard, University of New Haven
3. “Melville’s American Poetic Contemporaries,” Peter Norberg, Saint Joseph’s University
4. “Melville, Warren, and the Making of American Poetry,” Joseph Millichap, Western Kentucky University

From the Galleries

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Fellowships and Scholarships

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


Click here for more information and application details.


New York Public Library
Short-term Research Fellowships


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


Click here for more information and application details.

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.