Russian Embassies: Skelton

Scope and Content

This is a series of correspondence mainly between W.E.D. Allen and Raleigh Ashlin Skelton (known as Peter to his friends, and in these letters). There is some correspondence with Skelton's daughter after Skelton was killed in a car accident.

Administrative / Biographical History

Raleigh Ashlin (Peter) Skelton was born in 1906 in Plymouth. He served as the Assistant Keeper of the Department of Printed Books of the British Museum from 1931 to 1953, with a break for military service from 1939 to 1945, and as Deputy Keeper from 1953 to 1967. He began work in the Map Room of the British Museum upon his return from military service in 1945 and in 1950 became the Superintendent, in which post he continued until his retirement in 1967. He died in a car crash in 1970.