The Benjamin M. Levaco Papers contain items from Levaco's life in China, as well as items related to his continued interest in the Old China Hands experience during his retirement. The collection is arranged in three series: Personal Materials (circa 1920-1998), Collected Publications and Narratives (circa 1917-1999), and Photographs and Photocopied Images (circa 1900-1999).
Series I, Personal Materials, contains five subseries: Correspondence (1929-1996), Groups and Organizations (1959-1996), Travel (1982-1994), Narratives and Poetry (1978-1994), and Miscellaneous Documents and Ephemera (circa 1920-1998). The Correspondence subseries consists of letters sent to and from Benjamin Levaco covering a variety of topics, including a series of love letters written by Levaco to a former girlfriend, Tania. The Groups and Organizations subseries consists of newsletters, correspondence, and other documents related to a number of groups in which Levaco was involved. These groups include Jewish organizations, groups related to the Old China Hands experience, and a creative writing group. The Travel subseries consists of brochures, postcards, ephemera, and arrangements related to the various trips Levaco took to China in the 1990s. The Narratives and Poetry subseries consists of stories, essays, and poetry written by Levaco mostly about his life and family. Also included are translations done by Levaco of his father Michael's poetry written in Russian in China. The Miscellaneous Documents and Ephemera subseries consists of a number of items related to Levaco's personal life in China and America, including identification documents, records of property owned by Levaco in Hungjao, genealogical information, and grades from his grammar school in Tientsin.
Series II, Collected Publications and Narratives, contains two subseries. Subseries A, Scholarly Works and News Clippings (circa 1917-1999,) contains articles, presentations, and news clippings collected by Levaco related mostly to the Jewish experience in China as well as information on China in general. Subseries B, Memoirs and Personal Narratives (1943-1984), contains narratives and stories collected and sent to Levaco written by others about their experiences living and visiting China and Japan.
Series III, Photographs and Photocopied Images, consists of photographs and photocopied pictures of Levaco's life in China and America as well as his trips to China in the 1990s.