The Eaton Portrait

Herman Melville JOEaton 95ppi 250wBy 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.

Melville, Douglass, Hawthorne and More


An Illustrated Talk by Robert Wallace at Arrowhead 


Saturday, August 3, 2013.

 3:00 p.m.--Dr. Robert Wallace will present an illustrated talk ”Fugitive Justice: Douglass,  Melville and Chief Justice Shaw” Tracing the complex interrelationship between the three men,  the talk will place special emphasis on the literal, legal, and fictional status of slaves.

                       In the barn at Arrowhead.

 4:00 p.m.--John Braden will read from his work, “In the Shadow of Greatness”.

                       In the South Parlor at Arrowhead.

Sunday, August 4, 2013.

9:30 a.m.--Join the Berkshire Historical Society and the Trustees of Reservations for the Annual Monument Mountain Hike. The hike commemorates the occasion when Melville met Hawthorne.

             Meet at the Route 7 parking entrance to Monument Mountain at 9:15 a.m.

2:00 p.m.—Dr. Wallace will facilitate a public  reading of Frederick Douglass’ speech, ”The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro”, a speech given by Douglass on July 5,1852 which explored the inconsistency between Independence Day celebrations and  the continued  enslavement of Blacks. The reading will be done by audience volunteers.

               On the  South Lawn at Arrowhead.

All programs are free and open to the public. The lectures are partially underwritten by MassHumanites. For all our exhibits and a fuller explanation of these events our website is





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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.

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.