James Milledge Papers MSS 455

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Descriptive Summary

Title: James Milledge Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 455
Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.6 Linear feet 2 archives boxes
Date (inclusive): 1960 - 1981
Abstract: The papers of James Milledge, a British high altitude physiologist and mountaineer. The collection includes diaries, databooks, correspondence, and clipping files documenting Milledge's participation in the 1960-61, 1964, and 1981 expeditions to Mt. Everest and the 1981 expedition to Mt. Kongur in eastern China. The correspondence is primarily between Milledge and his wife and other family members during Milledge's different visits to Everest. The collection is arranged in three series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE and 3) EXPEDITIONS.
Creator: Milledge, James S.


James Milledge is a British physiologist educated at the University of Birmingham. Specializing in chest medicine, he was on the staff of Christian Medical College from 1962 to 1972. Since 1972, he has been a scientific member of the the Medical Research Council at Northwick Park Hospital and a consulting physician.
Milledge was a member of the 1960/1961 Silver Hut expedition to Mt. Everest, which was led by Sir Edmund Hillary. He spent the winter months during that expedition at 5800 meters, studying the long term effect of high altitude on humans. In the Second School House expedition to Everest in 1964, also led by Hillary, Milledge investigated some of the physiological differences between Sherpas and lowlanders at high altitude. Milledge was also a member of the American Medical Research Expedition to Everest, which was organized and led by John B. West in 1981.

Preferred Citation

James Milledge Papers, MSS 0455. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

Acquisition Information

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Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Milledge, James S. -- Archives
Adaptation (Physiology)
Altitude, Influence of
China--Description and travel
Diaries--20th century.
Everest, Mount (China and Nepal)--Description and travel
Konger Mount (China) -- Description and travel
Mountain sickness
Mountaineering -- China -- Konger Mount
Mountaineering -- Everest, Mount (China and Nepal)
Mountaineering expeditions -- China -- Konger Mount
Mountaineering expeditions -- Everest, Mount (China and Nepal)
Mountaineering expeditions -- Himalaya Mountains
Nepal -- Description and travel
Physiologists -- Biography
Physiology -- History


Biographical Materials

Box 1, Folder 1

UC San Francisco Clinical Certificate and Photograph

Box 1, Folder 2




Box 1, Folder 3

American Thoracic Society - Gordon M. Meade

Box 1, Folder 4

Bishop, B.C

Box 1, Folder 5

Bonington, Chris

Box 1, Folder 6

Hillary, Edmund

Box 1, Folder 7

Levin, E

Box 1, Folder 8

Milledge, David

Box 1, Folder 9

Milledge, John

Box 1, Folder 10

Milledge, Margaret

Box 1, Folder 11

Pugh, Griffith

Box 1, Folder 12

Schoene, Robert

Box 1, Folder 13

Rowlands, S.D

Box 1, Folder 14

Ward, Michael

Box 1, Folder 15

World Book Encyclopedia

Box 1, Folder 16

Young, A




Silver Hut (1960-1961)

Box 1, Folder 17

Equipment needs

Box 1, Folder 18

Diary, Volume 1 13 August - 31 December, 1960

Box 1, Folder 19

Diary, Volume 2 1 January - 6 May, 1961

Box 1, Folder 20

Diary of Sherpa climbing..

Box 1, Folder 21

Case history of Sherpa..

Box 1, Folder 22

Data notebook for ventilation experiments

Box 1, Folder 23

Data plot sheets

Box 1, Folder 24



Second Schoolhouse (1964)

Box 1, Folder 25


Box 1, Folder 26

Data notebooks


Am. Medical Research Expedition to Everest (1981)

Box 2, Folder 1


Box 2, Folder 2

Clippings, photographs, etc


Kongur (1981)

Box 2, Folder 3


Box 2, Folder 4

Research funding

Box 2, Folder 5

Clippings, photographs, etc



Box 2, Folder 6

"Himalayan Deputation." In Magazine of Christian Medical College (India), 1965. "40 Years of Medical Research in the Himalayas." In Jouranl of World Mountaineering & Climbing, 1999. (Issue is devoted to a history of mountain medicine.) 1965 - 1999