August 2017

Congratulations to Heather G. Cole

Heather G. Cole is the new Curator of Literature and Popular Culture at the John Hay Library, Brown University, a position she begins on August 21st. From 2007 to 2017, Heather served as Assistant Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts at Houghton Library, Harvard, and in 2012 took on the additional role of Curator of the library’s Theodore Roosevelt Collection. Since 2008, Heather has been the principal contact for Melville's Marginalia Online in the digitization of annotated volumes from Melville’s library in Houghton’s collections. Under the direction of Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts, Leslie Morris, she has coordinated the imaging of more than five dozen volumes from Melville’s library (supported primarily by the Robert G. Newman Fund), and in her final months at Houghton, she and Leslie put in place a program for the continued prioritized digitization of more than forty of Melville’s books, some of which require considerable conservation work in advance of imaging and special handling for studio work. For the entire existence of MMO, Heather has been a thoughtful, productive, and sophisticated partner. We applaud her new appointment, celebrate her many Houghton accomplishments (of which MMO work is only a small part), and value her contributions to our ongoing project. We salute Heather with admiration and gratitude and wish her well going forward. As Herman himself might say of Heather's advancement: What can be finer?

April 2017

Beta Test Version of Marginalia Search Tool Launched at Melville's Marginalia Online

Trace key words and expressions in Melville's annotations and in the printed text marked by him in his 7-volume set of The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare (Sealts No. 460). The project's new search tool associates text and markup with pixel coordinates on page images to highlight and outline terms and expressions submitted through its search interface. Review the "Marginalia" and "XML Encoding" sections of "Guidance for Searching" for an explanation of XML encoding practices. Additional digital copies of Melville's books will be made searchable as markup progresses, with additions announced through the site's Facebook and Twitter pages.

June 2016

"Update on Books Owned and Borrowed by Melville" in Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies

"An Update on Books Owned, Borrowed, and Consulted by Melville" in Leviathan 18.2 provides updated information on books with Melville family associations that have been recovered or redescribed at Melville’s Marginalia Online since Steven Olsen-Smith and the late Merton M. Sealts's "Cumulative Supplement to Melville's Reading" appeared in Leviathan in 2004. Subscribe to Leviathan at the web site of the Johns Hopkins University Press.

July 2015

Special Section on "Melville's Hand" in Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies

Under the editorship of Samuel Otter and Brian Yothers and the auspices of the Johns Hopkins University Press and the Melville Society, Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies has featured a special section on "Melville's Hand" in its June 2015 issue (17.2). Focused on erased marginalia recovered at Melville's Marginalia Online, the special section features essays authored or co-written by Dawn Coleman, Dennis C. Marnon, Peter Norberg, Steven Olsen-Smith, and Joshua Preminger. Special thanks to Mr. William Reese, the New York Public Library, and Princeton University Library for the access and digital services that made these discoveries possible.