James B. Milne photographic collection

Scope and Content

Milne's collection provides a fascinating view of international tourist sites, and in particular reflects his personal interest in temples, frescoes and statues.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Burt Milne (1918-1997) was brought up in Edinburgh. On leaving school he joined the Civil Service and worked in the property services section. His work required him to travel throughout Scotland and, for a period, to Ceylon. His final career years were spent in London. Upon his retirement he returned Crail whence his wife had originated. Milne travelled widely in his retirement, holidaying with his camera in many countries across the world.

Access Information

The photographic collections are currently the subject of a major digitisation project. It is the intention to have the entire archive captured in electronic form, and available (with sophisticated searching facilities) on line via the web. A full version of the software can be accessed in the Library and researchers are welcome to visit the library to use it but it is important that appointments are made in advance. Access to original photographic material may be restricted.

Acquisition Information

Gifted to the University of St Andrews in 1997.


Description compiled by Rachel Hart, Archives Hub Project Archivist.

Other Finding Aids

Unlisted, although there are notes by Milne to accompany the slides.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies of images held in the photographic collection (with the exception of any photographs which are held either without copyright or under other restrictions imposed by the donor or photographer) can be ordered. Photographs thus provided for purely personal or research purposes are not subject to any fee beyond the photographic costs (for which a scale of charges is available). Prior written permission must be obtained before any further reproduction is undertaken of images supplied, for commercial or non-commercial purposes. Reproduction fees may be charged.

True photographic reprints of most images can be provided, or computer-generated prints of an increasing proportion of the collection at low, medium or high resolution. Given the fragility of the original material our preference is to provide computer prints where possible. We can also provide transparencies and a range of electronic formats.

Additional Information

This material is original.