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MS Am 188-188.6

Melville, Herman, 1819-1891. Herman Melville papers, 1761-1964 (MS Am 188-188.6): Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: GEN, B
Call No.: MS Am 188-188.6
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Melville, Herman, 1819-1891.
Title: Herman Melville papers
Date(s): 1761-1964
Quantity: 7.1 linear feet (17 boxes and 20 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, manuscripts, and journals of Herman Melville as well as correspondence between various members of his family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Items without an accession number, MS Am 188, gift of Eleanor Metcalf Melville; received: 1937-1941.
44M-290. Gift of Mrs. Henry K. Metcalf, 27 Gray Gardens East, Cambridge Mass.; received: 1945 February 23.
57M-149. Deposited by Merton M. Sealts Jr., Lawrence College, Appleton, Wisconsin; received: 1957 December.
63-1549. Gift of Mr. Henry K. Metcalf, Hotel Continental, Cambridge, Mass.; received: 1964 June.
63M-204. Gift of Mr. Henry K. Metcalf, Hotel Continental, Cambridge, Mass.; received: 1964 June 3.
75M-33. Gift of Mr. Merton M. Sealts, Jr., 4006 Mandan Crescent, Madison, Wisconsin 53711; received: 1975.
85M-7. Gift of the descendants of Thomas Melvill, Jr. through Miss Jean F. Melvill, 690 S. Cairns Avenue Richland, Wisconsin 5358; received: 1985 July.
1993M-70. Transfer from Harvard University Archives, 1993 August.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to most of this material.
Most of subseries IB (MS Am 188) Literary and other manuscripts by Herman Melville [items (360-392A)] is restricted: fragile; use digital surrogate if available; if none is available, consult curatorial staff.
Items (546a) Boxes 1-3 Clippings: Restricted: fragile; consult curatorial staff.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Herman Melville Papers, 1761-1964 (MS Am 188-188.6). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Melville was an American author.


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Scope and Contents

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).

Container List

Name index of recipients of letters.