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.

The Society’s most stunning post-conference excursion was to Jordan, where travelers visited the Greco-Roman ruins at Um Qais and Jerash, walked through the silent city of Petra mentioned in “Bartleby,” and finished with a glimpse of the Red Sea befor returning to the West Bank. Jerash is one of the largest and best-preserved of the ancient Roman cities, and while Melvilleans were marveling at the stately columns, the huge hippodrome, the many mosaics and baths, and a sublime amphitheater, a local band suddenly appeared and began playing music as distinctive as the site. Produced by Dennis Berthold.

After the 2009 conference, “Melville and the Mediterranean,” around 40 attendees took the optional bus tour of Israel and Jordan. Sites visited included Jaffa, Haifa, Galilee, and Bethlehem, and in Jordan the ancient Roman city of Jerash and the stone city of Petra. This video shows the tour group on the Sea of Galilee with its view of the Golan Heights. Produced by Dennis Berthold with music by Mozart.

As part of the Melville Society’s 2009 international conference “Melville and the Mediterranean,” some members visited the Greek Orthodox monastery at Mar Saba on June 22. Melville stayed here for a night in January 1857 (NN Journal 84), a brief respite in his trek through the Judaean desert that inspired a long section of Clarel, Book 3, Cantos 9-32. Only men were allowed into the monastery while the women remained outside in the meager shade of a tree. The Saba monks allowed photographs in only a few places; fortunately, one was the spacious patio that holds the famous date palm and overlooks the Vale of Kedron. Inspired by the view, Tim Marr read Melville’s panegyric to Saba from Canto 9, lines 33-69. Produced by Dennis Berthold, with music by Matthew Berthold.

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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.