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.

Lisbon Melville Conference
"Over Seas: Melville, Whitman and All the Intrepid Sailors"

University of Lisbon - Center for English Studies
July 3 – 5, 2019

Quinta da Torrinha Castelinho 9316

Herman Melville (1819-1891), sailor and writer, plowed the ocean as a tablet to be read, gazing at the white page where unfathomable characters surface to the eyes of the puzzled reader. “Captain” Walt Whitman (1819-1892), on the other hand, writing “in cabin’d ships at sea,” broke open and passed the divide between in- and out-of-doors, as he urged his book to “speed on.” Both were born 200 years ago.

ULICES' Research Group in American Studies is pleased to announce the international conference and exhibition “Over_Seas: Melville, Whitman and All the Intrepid Sailors,” to be held on 3-5 July, 2019. We aim to foreground the international afterlife of both authors and their contribution to the interconnectedness between the arts, sciences, human philosophy and history, with a special focus on the imagination and memory of the oceans. In line with one of the group’s main axes of research, “(Re)imagining shared pasts over the sea and across borders: dialogue, reception and projections between the USA, the Americas, and Europe,” the title “Over_Seas” accommodates an eagerness to pore over the depths of wild and cultured nature(s), as well as the transatlantic and transnational dynamics that Melville, Whitman, and various writers on both sides of the Atlantic have helped to shape. In Portugal, the Atlantic will also be the subject of a special celebration in 2019, the 500th anniversary of Fernão de Magalhães’s circumnavigation voyage.

The events of our conference will take place at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, the Portuguese National Library, and other public spaces devoted to cultural dissemination and to the promotion of the vital resources within our ocean(s).

This bicentennial celebration aims to bring together scholars with expertise not only in nineteenth- century American literature and culture, but also in areas related with the broader and interdisciplinary themes envisaged by the conference itself. Participation of junior researchers and students is especially welcome. Possible topics include:


  • Dialogue and tension in Melville and Whitman: their texts as an ocean and/or vessel;
  • Home, overseas and at sea: Melville, Whitman, and/or other 19th century US writers (also in dialogue with writers overseas who addressed the sea in their writings);
  • The ocean(s) and/or sea in literature, arts and sciences;
  • The ocean(s), what goes on within, down deep, what moves across and more – wilderness, chaos, death, shipwreck, rage vs. fantasy, freedom, voyage, nourishment, commerce;
  • To and fro: Atlantic trade, finance and industry:
  • Bridging borders – translation, transatlantic (textual) commerce, Indic and Transpacific influences, literary transformation;
  • Transoceanic wave-sounds, wave-lengths, wave-motions;
  • Women across borders, overboard, and at sea;
  • The Anthropocene, Whitman, Melville, and/or other sailor-writers – environmental sustainability / crisis and ecological protection;
  • Changes, interchanges, and dialogues across oceans, continents, peoples.

Registration fee: 160 euros general public / 80 euros students (early bird until May 5, 2019) 200 euros / 100 euros after May 5

Conference Directors:

Edgardo Medeiros Silva, CEAUL – FLUL / ISCSP; Margarida Vale de Gato, CEAUL-FLUL; Teresa Cid, CEAUL-FLUL

Scientific Committee:

Dana Luciano, Rutgers University

Edgardo Medeiros Silva, CEAUL – FLUL / ISCSP Isabel Alves, CEAUL/UTAD

Isabel Oliveira Martins, FCSH – UNOVA Lisboa Jeffrey S. Childs, Universidade Aberta

Maria Antónia Lima, Universidade de Évora

Maria Irene Ramalho dos Santos, Universidade de Coimbra Maria Lindgren Leavenworth, Umeå University

Reinaldo F. Silva, Universidade de Aveiro

Richard King, Williams College and Mystic Seaport Rute Beirante, CEAUL – FLUL

Susana Araújo, CEC - FLUL

Teresa Castilho, Universidade do Porto Teresa F. A. Alves, CEAUL – FLUL

Executive Committee: Anabela Duarte, CEAUL – FLUL; Bernardo Palmeirim, CEAUL – FLUL; Isabel Alves, CEAUL / UTAD; Cecilia Beecher Martins, CEAUL – FLUL; Jeffrey S. Childs., UAberta; Maria do Céu Marques, CEAUL/UAberta; Marta Soares, CEAUL – FLUL / ISCSP; Nuno Marques, CEAUL-FLUL/ Umeå University ; Rute Beirante, CEAUL – FLUL.

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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.


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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.