Catalogue of the papers of the E.A. Milne Society, 1975-99

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Table of Contents

A    Administrative and financial papers, 1978-99
B    Correspondence, 1975-99
C    Miscellaneous papers, 1978-96

Papers of the E.A. Milne Society, 1975-99

Papers of the E.A. Milne Society, 1975-99.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. b. 2108, c. 6861, d. 3410-12, e. 3352-4

Extent: 8 shelfmarks

Corporate history

The E.A. Milne Society was founded by Milne's granddaughter, Miranda Weston-Smith, in January 1977 to commemorate the work of Professor Edward Arthur Milne (1896-1950) mathematician and natural philosopher - see Dictionary of National Biography. Miranda Weston-Smith acted as secretary and treasurer to the Society while Sir Hermann Bondi and others served as the committee and the Warden of Wadham as patron of the Society. The Society established an annual Milne lecture given at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford, under the patronage of Wadham College and the Mathematical Institute, and with the sponsorship of IBM (UK). The inaugural Milne lecture was delivered by Sir Fred Hoyle in January 1978. Most of the lectures were published after delivery in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society. The Society continued until 1996, the centenary year of Milne's birth, when the twentieth and final lecture was delivered by Sir Roger Penrose. All twenty lectures were published,with some alterations and addenda, as The Universe Unfolding (Oxford, 1998), edited by Sir Hermann Bondi and Miranda Weston-Smith.

Scope and Content

Administrative and financial papers, correspondence, and publicity material for the lectures.


Given by E.A. Milne's granddaughter, Miranda Weston-Smith, 1999

Restrictions on Access

Restriction on access to all correspondence until 2029, except with written permission from Miranda Weston-Smith.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. b. 2070, fols. 1-2].

Related Material

The correspondence and papers of E.A. Milne are also in the Bodleian, see MSS. Eng. misc. b. 423-9, c. 870-2, d. 1277

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

E.A. Milne Society

A   Administrative and financial papers, 1978-99

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 6861

Papers, 1978-99
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6861
Extent: 131 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-11) Constitution and Deed of Trust, with Charity registration documents, 1978-99
  • (fols. 12-30) Agendas of meetings, 1979-96
  • (fols. 31-61) Minutes, 1978-99
  • (fols. 62-131) Balance sheets, 1978-96

B   Correspondence, 1975-99

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 3410-12

Scope and Content:

Mainly correspondence of the secretary and treasurer of the society, Miranda Weston-Smith. Access is restricted to all correspondence files until 2029 except with written permission from Miranda Weston-Smith. Arranged alphabetically.

Adam - Kirshner
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3410 = Res. d. 433
Extent: 253 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes correspondence with

  • (fols. 5-12) Professor Sir Hermann Bondi, 1976-94
  • (fols. 15-104) Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (Chandra), 1975-94
  • (fols. 222-31) Professor Sir Frederick Hoyle, 1977-9


  • (fol. 124) typescript of an 'Epitaph for Milne' by Ronald Duncan, 1977

Longair - Wolfendale
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3411 = Res. d. 434
Extent: 242 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes correspondence with

  • (fols. 5-96) Professor Raymond Lyttleton, 1976-92, with
    • (fols. 78-89) offprint of his Sherlock Holmes story 'The Fulham Mystery' from James Cook Mathematical Notes, issue 48, Feb. 1989
  • (fols. 103-21) Sir William McCrea, 1976-85
  • (fols. 134-9) Sir Roger Penrose, 1977-8
  • (fols. 204-29) representatives of IBM regarding sponsorship of the Milne lecture, 1977-96


  • (fols. 230-42) letters relating to the collection of Milne's personal papers and correspondence, 1978-84

Correspondence with lecturers relating to the publication of the Milne lectures, 1993-8
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3412 = Res. d. 435
Extent: 173 leaves

Scope and Content:

Arranged alphabetically

C   Miscellaneous papers, 1978-96

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. b. 2108, e. 3352-4

Publicity posters for the lectures, 1978-96
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2108
Extent: 20 leaves

Invitations and tickets for the lectures, 1978-96
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3352
Extent: 47 leaves

Tape-recording of the inaugural lecture delivered by Sir Fred Hoyle
Shelfmark: MSS. Eng. e. 3353-4
Extent: 2 reel-to-reel tapes
Note: A shortened version of this lecture is available at the National Sound Archive, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB (reference: P1368W).

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