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

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

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.

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.

Moby-Dick Exhibition Marathon, and Symposium in Northern Kentucky
Various Locations  - See Schedule
April 24-27, 2015

Artwork © Kathleen Piercefield, Moby-Dick: a mighty mildness, 2009
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We are planning the following events from April 24 - 27 to highlight the exhibition Moby Comes to Covington: Twenty Years of Moby-Dick Art by Students at Northern Kentucky University at the Kenton County Public Library at 500 Scott Street in Covington, KY.  Curated by NKU English Professor Robert K. Wallace and BFA Art History major Emma Rose Thompson, the exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalog entitled Fast-Fish & Loose Fish: Twenty-Years of Moby-Dick Art by Students at Northern Kentucky University, reproducing 103 artworks by 53 students beginning in 1994.

Friday, April 24, KICK-OFF EVENT—panel discussion on MOBY-DICK in the 21st CENTURY at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio., 6:30 pm.  Speakers include Elizabeth Schultz, Samuel Otter, Matt Kish, Emma Rose Thompson, and Evans Mirageas (artistic director of Cincinnati Opera), moderated by Robert K. Wallace.

Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26, MARATHON READING OF MOBY-DICK in the exhibition space at the Kenton County Public Library, 9 am to 9 pm each day. 

Monday, April 27, SYMPOSIUM ON MOBY-DICK AND VISUAL ART and CAMPUS TOUR OF MOBY-DICK ART, Budig Theater, University Center, Northern Kentucky University, 9 a.m. to 5 p. m.  Speakers will include Elizabeth Schultz (keynote); Matt Kish and Kathleen Piercefield (creative artist session); Jeffrey Markham (pedagogical session); Samuel Otter, (closing remarks), and NKU students and alums whose artworks are in the exhibition and its catalog.

Mon. April 27, RECEPTION honoring STUDENT ARTISTS and SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS, in the exhibition space at Kenton County Public Library in Covington, 5:30 to 7 pm.

Additional information available from Professor Wallace at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Updated details about these events will be provided on the home page of his blog DICKINSON AND MOBY-DICK IN 2015 at http://dickinsonandmobydick.wordpress.com

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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.