Herman Melville papers, 1761-1964

About this Collection

Melville, Herman , 1819-1891
Clippings.Commonplace books-United States-19th century.Diaries-United States-19th century.Financial records.Genealogies.Manuscripts for publication-United States-19th century.Photographs-United States-19th century.Poems-United States-19th century.Family papers.Sermons.
Collection Title
Herman Melville papers, 1761-1964
7.1 linear feet (19 boxes and 21 volumes)
Houghton Library, Harvard University
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Melville family
Melville, Herman
Melvill, Thomas
American literature
American poetry
Authors and publishers
Ocean travel
Publishers and publishing
Voyages and travels

Content Notes

Contains correspondence, manuscripts, and journals of Herman Melville and correspondence between various members of his family. Includes the manuscripts of Billy Budd, John Marr and Other Sailors, Timoleon, and unpublished poems and prose pieces; some correspondence, mostly with relatives and other writers; his journals of various sea voyages; and a notebook of lecture engagements. Also contains publishers' agreements, accounts, records of copyright, and correspondence with Melville and with his wife Elizabeth Shaw Melville after his death; reviews of his books and lectures, including three boxes of clippings; a catalogue of his library, family portraits; a diary of his father Allan Melvill; and two sermons by a great-great grandfather Thomas Melvill (d. 1767). A 1985 addendum contains correspondence, legal and financial papers, commonplace books, copybooks, essays, and genealogies of the family of Thomas Melvill (1776-1845).
  • In English.
  • Selected color digital images available; see finding aid.

Biographical Notes

Herman Melville was an American author.