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Herman Melville Collection

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Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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Melville, Herman, 1819-1891.

Herman Melville was an American novelist and storywriter. Not financially successful from his writings, he held the position of customs inspector for the City of New York for nineteen years. Moby-Dick, or The Whale, published in 1851, is today considered one of the masterpieces of American and world literature.

The collection consists of photostats of letters by Herman Melville used by Willard Thorp in his selection of Melville's writings published as Representative Selections (1938), as well as photographs of Melville and his family, and printed matter about Melville and his works, including magazine articles, movie adaptations and stage versions, comic books, pamphlets, reprints, material on centennial celebrations, and book jackets.

Unprocessed

Publications: Representative Selections, with Introduction, Bibliography and Notes by Willard Thorp (New York: American Book Co., 1938).

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Container list prepared by Allyse Terrell '14 in 2011.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2008
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Moby-Dick Book Jackets, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Moby-Dick Centennial Celebrations, 1951. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Moby-Dick Comic Books, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Moby-Dick Dramatic Versions for the Stage, 1947-1955. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Moby-Dick Music, 1940-1951. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Moby-Dick Radio, 1948-1951. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Moby-Dick Translations, 1952. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Moby-Dick Russian Translation, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Moby-Dick Illustrators, 1931-1952. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Moby-Dick Raido-Script (German), 1951. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Moby-Dick Wales and Whaling, 1890-1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Moby-Dick Whaling Books Sources, 1821-1951. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Clippings, Book Reviews etc, 1929-1953. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Melville, Herman, Moving Picture Adaptations of his Works, 1955-1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Portraits, Photos of Herman Melville and His Family, 1841-1869. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Photostatic Copies of Letters Used by Willard Thomp, 1846-1862. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Clippings, 1961 May 6. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Pamphlets & Reprints, 1951. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

"Arrowhead" Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 1951. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Moby-Dick Magazine Articles, 1955-1964. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Print, Suggest