The collection consists of the following series:
Biographical and Personal (PPM/1)
Research Papers (PPM/3)
University of Nottingham – Teaching (PPM/5)
University of Nottingham – Grant Applications (PPM/6)
University of Nottingham – Magnetic Resonance Centre (PPM/7)
University of Nottingham – Administrative/Departmental (PPM/8)
Conferences and lectures (PPM/10)
Books not authored by Peter Mansfield (PPM/12)
Press cuttings and articles relating to MRI and its history (PPM/13)
Audio-visual material (PPM/16)
Mansfield's research papers and publications together form the largest part of the collection. They include notes, experimental results and photographs relating to NMR and the development of MRI techniques such as Echo-Planar Imaging, copies of his own published papers and books, drafts of such publications, and papers on NMR and MRI by other authors.
Mansfield took out patents on many of his techniques and inventions, and the collection contains a large quantity of correspondence concerning the drafting and agreement of patents, objections raised, and legal disputes over patent infringement, as well as copies of the patents themselves.
Other main areas of the collection include papers relating to conferences he attended (generally including meeting programmes and notes for any lectures or talks he delivered), his school and university notebooks, a series of general correspondence files from throughout his career, and teaching material including lecture notes, problem sets and examination questions.
Also present are around 2,700 35 mm slides showing MRI images, graphs of experimental results, early scanning equipment, and diagrams explaining the principles of NMR and MRI, together with some videotapes of early EPI experiments and of TV programmes featuring the work of his group at Nottingham.