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.

Jay Leyda Symposium, "A Curious Man: The Life and Work of Jay Leyda"

Jay Leyda Symposium
November 2, 3, and 4
Mount Holyoke College – Willits-Hallowell Center

JayLeyda Highlight

"A Curious Man: The Life and Work of Jay Leyda" will be held November 2, 3, and 4 on the campus of Mount Holyoke College at the Willits-Hallowell Center. Register by October 25 to ensure adequate seating for the symposium and lunch on Friday. Click the photo of Jay Leyda for more information.

A variety of lodging options — including hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts — are located within a short distance from campus.

Click link below at the end of this announcemnt to download the flyer. From the symposium flyer:

Leyda — a scholar, a translator, an artist, an archivist and a teacher — worked across the 20th century in a remarkable array of fields. He left his intellectual mark, in his characteristically understated way, on cinema, photography, music, painting and literature. This symposium brings together scholars from many aspects of Leyda’s life and work in order to spark conversation regarding his influence and legacy.

♿ Free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Robin Blaetz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Thursday, November 2
8:00 p.m.
“Leyda and His Musical World,” a concert by the Mount Holyoke College Department of Music. It will present a variety of works associated with Leyda.
Pratt Hall

Friday, November 3
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Presentations throughout the day. Lunch available for all attendees.
Willits-Hallowell Center

Saturday, November 4
9:00 a.m.–noon
Morning presentations.
Willits-Hallowell Center

Symposium participants and topics of discussion:

Weihong Bao, University of California, Berkeley (Chinese cinema)
Christopher Benfey, Mount Holyoke College (Dickinson and Melville)
Nathaniel Brennan, doctoral candidate, New York University (Museum of Modern Art Film Library, Film Studies and the Popular Front)
Tom Gunning, University of Chicago (early cinema)
Michael Kunichika, Amherst College (Shub, Vertov, Pudovkin and Tarkovsky)
Charles Musser, Yale University (Steiner, Evans, Strand and “A Bronx Morning”)
Gerald O’Grady, the State University of New York at Buffalo, professor emeritus (Flaherty)
Ted Perry, Middlebury College, professor emeritus
Harlow Robinson, Northeastern University (Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky and Hollywood)
Masha Salazkina, Concordia University (film education from VGIK to NYU)
David Stirk, Princeton University (end of the Cold War)
Holger Teschke
Alan Trachtenberg, Yale University, professor emeritus (“The Melville Log”)
Yuri Tsivian, University of Chicago (for Hannah Frank)
And more

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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.