Correspondence 1944-1955. Miscellanea 1943-1945. Photographic collection of c 200,000 original and copy prints, transparencies and glass plate and film negatives depicting scenes in locations including Israel, Korea, North Africa and India; productions by the Royal Ballet, BBC drama, and the Prospect Theatre; events such as the 1948 Olympic Games; and leading political, literary and entertainment figures including the Beatles and C S Lewis.
Nearly 500 photographs of the Beatles, many of which have not been seen before, have recently been catalogued by Archive Services at the University of Dundee. They form part of the Michael Peto collection held by the University. Consisting of 130,000 negatives and prints the collection has been sorted and many of the images digitised as part of the Visual Evidence, a project to create a database of the photographic archives of St Andrews, Dundee and Aberdeen Universities. Michael Peto, a Hungarian who came to Britain at the outbreak of the Second World War, was a charismatic individual who persuaded many famous but private figures, such as CS Lewis, to allow him to photograph them. The Beatles images are particularly striking, many of them show the four in informal poses relaxing or on the sets of their films. Other significant images in the Peto collection include scenes from the 1948 Olympic Games and Royal Ballet productions and shots of many of the leading political, literary and entertainment figures of the 1950s and 1960s. Around 22,000 images from the collection can be viewed on the Visual Evidence website at www.visual-evidence.ac.uk.