SECTION A BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL CSAC 102.6.84/A.1-A.21
CSAC 102.6.84/A.1 - CSAC 102.6.84/A.4 Obituary notices and tributes
CSAC 102.6.84/A.5 - CSAC 102.6.84/A.21 Personal and family
SECTION B LECTURES AND PAPERS CSAC 102.6.84/B.1 - CSAC 102.6.84/B.10
SECTION C NOTES AND DRAFTS CSAC 102.6.84/C.1 - CSAC 102.6.84/C.58
CSAC 102.6.84/C.1 - CSAC 102.6.84/C.27 Thermodynamics
CSAC 102.6.84/C.28 - CSAC 102.6.84/C.51 Statistical Mechanics
CSAC 102.6.84/C.52 - CSAC 102.6.84/C.57 Relativity
CSAC 102.6.84/C.58 Milne's statistical problem
SECTION D CORRESPONDENCE CSAC 102.6.84/D.1 - CSAC 102.6.84/D.70
Milne died suddenly, away from home, in 1950 at the relatively early age of fifty-four. He had been twice widowed and had three still young children. In these circumstances there were more urgent tasks than the care of his papers, and the present collection assembled after considerable lapse of time has many gaps. In particular, there is little record of Milne's overseas travel for research and conferences or of his committee and editorial work, while the surviving correspondence, interesting though it is, is clearly no more than a fraction of the original corpus.
The lecture notes and drafts in Sections B and C indicate the range of Milne's mathematical and astrophysical interests reasonably well, if not as fully as could be wished. Perhaps the main interest is to be found in the correspondence. The letters to his parents and brother in Section A are revealing of his personality as well as of his work as a young man in the First World War. The letters to Chandrasekhar in Section D, while mainly on technical subjects and especially Milne's growing belief in his theory of kinematic relativity also contain many insights into his family life, bereavements, and daily struggles. There is clearly to be seen in both these sequences of correspondence Milne's deep love for Trinity College, Cambridge, whose traditions and ceremonies he accepted wholeheartedly and took part in whenever he could.