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.

Melville and Americanness

Friday 29 June 2012
The Thomas Paine Study Centre
University of East Anglia


An exploration of how Melville's "Americanness" intersects with current thought.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Robert S. Levine, University of Maryland


Registration is open until 15th June

The conference programme, travel information and registration and accommodation booking forms are available via the conference website:


We are pleased to have negotiated special rates for PGRs with the assistance of BAAS.

Accommodation is available on the University’s Campus at ‘Broadview Lodge’ and there are also a number of popular ‘B n Bs’ and hotels local to the University, which can be found via the following link:


We would be delighted if delegates would join us for the post-conference dinner which is to be held at the University’s renowned Sainsbury’s Centre for Visual Arts, where it will be possible to browse the current exhibition. (More details on conference website.)

The conference promises a fascinating day of discussions on Melville in the context of current perspectives on 'Americanness'. We are fortunate that Prof. Robert S. Levine is our keynote speaker, addressing the problems of Melville’s version of American identity in today’s global environment. More generally, we hope that this conference will present a good opportunity to consider some fundamental ideas about scholarship on the American 19th Century.

Please do not hesitate to contact me direct if you require any additional information.

With best wishes and apologies for any cross-postings,

Dr Sarah Thwaites
Associate Tutor
School of American Studies
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
Norwich NR4 7TJ

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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.