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

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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.

Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies

Volume 22, Number 1 - March 2020

The fourth and last of the four issues of "Melville at 200" being published
in Melville's Bicentennial Year

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The last of four “Melville at 200” special issues, Leviathan 22.1, includes essays by Edouard Marsoin on the eremenos in Billy Budd, by Matthew Knip on the erotic journals of Philip C. Van Buskirk, and by Robert K. Wallace on art in The Melville Society Archive along with a From the Masthead column by Samuel Otter, who has served as the journal’s Editor for the past six years. It also includes a substantial special issue of Extracts edited by Mary K. Bercaw Edwards drawn from the 2019 International Melville Society Conference in New York City, which features a keynote by Wyn Kelley on Melville and Brazil and a keynote by Rodrigo Lazo on Israel Potter and deportation, reports on the conference by Ralph Savarese, Jaime Campomar, John Rocco, Pilar Martínez Benedí, and Shelley Piasecka, a photo gallery of images from the conference, and an All Astir column. The issue contains three reviews: Peter Riley on Kevin Hayes’s Herman Melville: A Critical Life, Jeffrey Hole on Brian R. Pellar’s Moby-Dick and Melville’s Anti-Slavery Allegory, and Jonathan A. Cook on Yoshiaki Furui’s Modernizing Solitude: The Networked Individual in Nineteenth-Century American Literature.

Click this link to see Leviathan 22.1 on Project Muse! 

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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.