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

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

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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.

Two upcoming Moby-Dick Art Shows in Cincinnati



Two Moby-Dick Art Shows
Contemporary Arts Center
Marta Hewett Gallery
Cincinnati, OH
April 22 - August 14, 2016


Make plans to visit or let others know about these two upcoming, exciting Moby-Dick art shows: a two-man show, "Chasing the Whale, and Other Endless Pursuits," featuring the art of Matt Kish and Robert Del Tredici at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, curated by Robert Wallace and Steven Matijcio, April 22 through August 14, 2016, and a nine-woman Moby-Dick art show, "Adrift in the Wonderworld: Women Make Meaning of Moby-Dick," at Cincinnati's Marta Hewett Gallery.

Official opening events are on the weekend of April 22 and 23, with other special events being planned. On the April 22 opening night of the Contemporary Arts Center exhibition, Kish and Del Tredici will be making a joint Moby-Dick drawing that will be projected onto the wall of the first-floor lobby, visible both inside and outside Zaya Hadid’s building.

After collaborating on the live drawing in the lobby on opening night, April 22, Kish and Del Tredici will be giving dual gallery talks in the Contemporary Arts Center exhibition space at 2 pm on Saturday, April 23. At 4 pm the same day, there will be the official opening and reception for the nine-woman Moby-Dick art show at the Marta Hewett Gallery. Marta is calling her show "Adrift in the Wonderworld: Women Make Meaning of Moby-Dick."

Visit the Moby-Dick in Cincinnati in 2016 blog to read an informative, behind-the-scenes article by co-curator Robert Wallace. In a richly illustrated blog essay, Professor Wallace describes events and activities of recent years related to his teaching about the life and writings of Herman Melville at Northern Kentucky University. It was during these years that he made many of the connections with the artists and institutions that are involved in these two Moby-Dick art exhibits.

For more information visit the Contemporary Arts Center and Marta Hewett Gallery websites.

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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.