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

MLA 2015
Melville Society Annual Dinner

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Al Porto Ristorante
Al Porto Ristorante

Please join us for the Melville Society Dinner at the 2015 MLA convention in Vancouver on Saturday, January 10. Come and enjoy good food and great conversation in an event that is open to all Melville Society members and their friends, family, and guests.

DINNER: No-Host bar at 7:30 p.m., banquet at 8:00 pm at Al Porto Ristorante, 321 Water Street, Vancouver B.C.  Dinner includes 4 courses: salad, pasta, entree, and dessert w/ coffee or tea. Dinner price is US$55.00.  Entree choices are veal, chicken, fish: vegetarian option available — please indicate preference with reservation.  Bar charges are per-person; restaurant asks credit or debit card for bar tab.

For advance reservations, send US$55.00 per dinner, payable to Colin Dewey, by January 2 to:

Colin Dewey  
Dept. of Culture and Communication  
California Maritime Academy  
200 Maritime Academy Drive  
Vallejo, CA 94590

Please include an email address.

For further information, or to reserve at the last minute, e-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note: all advance reservations must be received by Jan 2 - cash price at the door is CAN$60. Check (US$55) payable to Colin Dewey preferred.

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.