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The Melville Society is dedicated to the study and appreciation of the nineteenth-century American author Herman Melville, writer of Typee, Moby-Dick, and Billy Budd, such short stories as “Bartleby” and “Benito Cereno,” and several volumes of poetry, including Battle-Pieces and the epic Clarel
We publish the award-winning journal Leviathan which all membes receive three times a year and which offers scholarly articles, book and art reviews, Society news, and Melville-related events. Membership is open to all. For information about Leviathan and joining The Melville Society click here.

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.

SUPPORT THE MELVILLE SOCIETY – SUPPORT THE BICENTENNIAL DRIVE

As you know, your annual dues provide you with a subscription to our award-winning journal Leviathan. What you may not know is that the Society also supports biennial international conferences and numerous outreach programs. In recent decades, The Melville Society has grown in size, diversity, and scope, and it now exceeds the boundaries of the typical single author society. Unfortunately, dues alone do not support our publications, conferences, and outreach, and the Melville Society must now ask for your additional financial support.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to The Melville Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, during our Bicentennial Drive commemorating the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth. 

You may contribute now to help establish a new endowment in support of the range of the Society’s programs and activities, or give to sustain our Henry Murray Endowment, which supports Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies and other Society publications.

  • Bicentennial Fund: to establish an endowment to support the full range of the Society’s Programs and activities. 
  • Henry Murray Endowment: to support the operating costs for Leviathan and other present and future publications of the society.  

Tax-deductible donations can be made using Paypal by visiting our Funds and Endowments page, or checks may be sent to:

The Melville Society
c/o Steven Olsen-Smith, Treasurer
Department of English, Boise State University
Boise, ID 83725-1525

Checks should be payable to the Melville Society, specifying the name of the fund earmarked for the donation in the memo line of the check.

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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.