SECTION A BIOGRAPHICAL A.1 - A.61
Career, honours and awards A.1 - A.25
Music A.26 - A.32
Poetry A.33 - A.55
Photographs A.56 - A.61
SECTION B NOTES, DRAFTS AND CALCULATIONS B.1 - B.165
University teaching B.1-B.17
Other notes, drafts and calculations B.18-B.165
SECTION C LECTURES, CONFERENCES AND VISITS C.1 - C.41
SECTION D SOCIETIES AND ORGANISATIONS D.1 - D.5
SECTION E MATHEMATICS AND HIGHER EDUCATION E.1 - E.18
National Conference of University Professors (NCUP) E.1-E.14
Articles and writings E.15-E.18
SECTION F CORRESPONDENCE F.1 - F.20
Additional explanatory notes, information and cross-references are appended where appropriate to the separate sections and the individual entries.
The surviving documentation of many aspects of Benjamin's career, is unfortunately sparse; several of his career moves seem to have resulted in the loss or destruction of papers.
Section A, Biographical, provides a useful outline of the principal events of Benjamin's life including his appointment to the Sedleian Professorship at Oxford. His non-professional interests, music and poetry, are well recorded, with examples of Benjamin's own scores and writings on music, and poems, almost all wrtten in 1980.
Section B, Notes, drafts and calculations, is the largest in the collection. It includes material relating to university courses taught by Benjamin and a considerable quantity of notes and other material relating to research, publications and lectures, much of it undated and difficult to assign as to category.
Section C, Lectures, conferences and visits, is far from being a complete record of Benjamin's travel and conference commitments, although something of the extent of his travels and his reputation as a lecturer can be seen. It covers the years 1970-1994.
Section D, Societies and organisations, is slight and does not convey the full involvement of Benjamin in the life of professional mathematical societies, or of his contribution to the publication of learned journals (he was a founder editor of the influential Journal of Fluid Mechanics).
Section E, Mathematics and higher education, records Benjamin's concern with various aspects of higher education, especially the National Conference of University Professors of which he was a founder and first Chairman.
Section F, Correspondence, is slight.