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.

The Eaton Portrait

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Melville Electronic Library

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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.

Mystic Seaport's 35th Annual Symposium


University of Connecticut at Avery Point
June 13 & 14, 2014

Univ of Connecticut at Avery Point
University of Connecticut at Avery Point

Co-sponsored by Mystic Seaport Museum, the University of Connecticut at Avery Point,
and The United States Coast Guard Academy

The two-day symposium is part of a three-day event whose focus celebrates the lives and work of sailors through musical performance. The first day of the symposium is free and will be held at the Avery Point campus of the University of Connecticut, 1084 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT, in the Auditorium of the Academic Building.

The second day of the symposium will be held in the Greenmanville Church, Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT. For directions, click on “Plan Your Visit” at <http://www.mysticseaport.org/>.  The cost of the symposium at Mystic Seaport is included in the cost of admission to the 35th Annual Sea Music Festival. Go to <http://www.mysticseaport.org/event/sea-music-festival-2/>. Tickets can also be bought at the door.

Training Ship Joseph Conrad 

1882 Training Ship Joseph Conrad at Mystic Seaport
(Photo by Dennis Murphy)

Program Schedule

Friday, June 13 , UConn Avery Point, Auditorium in Academic Building

 8:30    Coffee and Danish

 8:50    Welcome: Moderator Craig Edwards

 9:00    Peter Wood, “Not Bold Nelson’s Praise: Songs About Horatio Nelson and Trafalgar”

 9:45    Cindy Campbell-Stone, “The Lady In the Lighthouse: The Catherine GallagherStory”

10:30   Coffee and Danish

10:45   Robert D. Madison, “The Other Little Nell”

11:30   Stephen N. Sanfilippo, “Chanteys and Masculinity in the Works of Dana, Melville, London, and O’Neill”

12:15   Lunch (can be purchased at Mort's Cafe in the UConn Avery Point Student Center)

 1:45    David Peloquin, “Ahab’s Tear; Melville’s Mystic Heart”

 2:30    Soft drinks and cookies

 2:45    David Webber and Anni Fentiman, “Of Whales and Men”

Please join us at Mystic Seaport following the Friday Symposium for a
Special Presentation by the "Barrouallie Whalers"

Saturday, June 14, Mystic Seaport, Greenmanville Church

  9:30  Welcome: Moderator Craig Edwards, Lawrence C. Kaplan, “E. Gale Huntington’s ‘The Gam’ and the Collector as Scholar”

10:15  Marc Bernier. “Music, Media, and Memory: Acquisition of Repertoire Across Generations”: Panel Discussion with John Roberts, Don Sineti, Marc Bernier, Craig Edwards, Nicole Singer, and Erin Breen

We would like to thank the University of Connecticut at Avery Point, Mystic Seaport, and the Coast Guard Academy for co-sponsoring the Music of the Sea Symposium. We would also like to thank the Symposium committee—Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, Craig Edwards, Glenn S. Gordinier, Geoff Kaufman, Faye Ringel, Mark Slobin, and Robert J. Walser—as well as Tom Brillat and Denise Kegler of Mystic Seaport for all their help. Friday’s refreshments are from Mort’s Café, UConn Avery Point—thanks to the Maritime Studies Program of the University of Connecticut for providing the refreshments.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, Executive Secretary of The Melville Society, at <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>.

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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.