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 members 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

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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

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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.

You are invited to join The Melville Society

The Melville Society is dedicated to the study of the life and works of Herman Melville, and their cultural impact since the nineteenth century. The organization enjoys the fellowship of scholars, artists, teachers, writers, readers, and enthusiasts throughout the world.

All members receive our award-winning journal Leviathan, which is published three times a year by Johns Hopkins University Press, and offers scholarly articles, book and art reviews, Society news, and Melville-related current events.

Members pay their annual Melville Society dues directly to Johns Hopkins University Press where your subscription order doubles as your membership dues. Simply click here go to the JHUP website and place your order. You can also send orders by mail with payment to:

Johns Hopkins University Press
P.O. Box 19966
Baltimore, MD 21211-0966 USA


The different subscription types are summarized below.
Click here to visit the subscription page of the Johns Hopkins University Press.

 New Subscriptions  Duration  Price
 Individual Print Subscription
(incudes membership in the Melville Society)
 1 year (3 issues)  $30.00
 Individual Print Subscription
(incudes membership in the Melville Society)
 2 year (6 issues)  $54.00
 Individual Electronic Subscription
(Member of the Melville Society)
 1 year electronic access  $35.00
 Individual Electronic Subscription
(Member of the Melville Society)
 2 year electronic access  $63.00
 Institution Print Subscription  1 year (3 issues)  $155.00
 Institution Print Subscription  2 year (6 issues)  $310.00


With subscriptions starting at just $30 per year, in addition to three Journal publications per year – featuring scholarly articles, book reviews, Society news, and Melville-related current events – you get:

1. Announcements of our annual programs and panels at the Modern Language Association and the American Literature Association
2. Invitations to our biennial international conferences. Recent venues include Lahaina, Maui; Poland; Jerusalem; Rome; Washington D.C.; London.
3. Access to the Melville Society Archive, a collection of over 2000 books on Melville at the New Bedford Whaling Museum Library
4. Updates on the Melville Society Cultural Project, which since 2001 has presented lectures, curated exhibits, organized conferences, and collaborated with local organizations in New Bedford, Massachusetts

In addition, your membership supports:

  • The Melville Society Cultural Project, which in affiliation with the New Bedford Whaling Museum, promotes lectures and exhibitions.
  • The Melville Archive, a growing collection of primary and secondary sources, is located at the museum's Kendall Institute.
  • With support from NEH and Hofstra University, an innovative online critical archive, the Melville Electronic Library (MEL).
  • The annual Hennig Cohen Prize for the best essay in Melville studies.
  • The Walter Bezanson Fellowship, which offers an annual two-week fellowship for study in the Melville Archive, located in the Library of the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
  • The Society's Book Donation program, which supplies Melville texts for international scholars and libraries abroad.

For further governance details, click here to see our By-Laws.


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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.