Charles Leonard Skelton (1890-1957) was a Springfield author best known for the novel Riding on the Pony Express, which was reprinted for twelve editions and sold tens of thousands of copies worldwide. Skelton also spent many years in government service, working for Secretary of State William Stratton and in the office of the Governor. The majority of material in this collection consists of correspondence, literary manuscripts and photographs from Skelton and includes articles and short stories he wrote. Also included are many stamp collecting columns Skelton wrote as an avid collector over the years.