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Gordon F. Baxter Papers

 Collection
Identifier: AC-440

Scope and Contents

The Gordon Baxter papers consists of a wide-assortment of materials. They include personal papers and correspondence, artifacts, scrapbooks, publications, slides, and photographic negatives related to his personal life and professional career. The slides specifically appear to focus on well-known local landmarks, historic events, and personal matters touching on Beaumont and the surrounding geographic area. The collection features several large boxes of photos and negatives documenting all aspects of Gordon Baxter's life through the 1940s to the 1990s. Also included are copies of his books and manuscripts, including a memoir about his youngest daughter, Jenny Baxter.

Dates

  • 1855 - 2011

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions apply.

Conditions Governing Use

The Tyrrell Historical Library does not hold copyright for most of its collections. The researcher must secure permission to publish. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Tyrrell Historical Library. The researcher assumes full responsibility for complying with copyright, literary property rights, and libel laws.

Biographical Note

Gordon F. Baxter was born on December 25, 1923, in Port Arthur, Texas. He resided in Beaumont from 1959 until his death on June 11, 2005. During his professional career he was a writer, radio broadcaster, and a airplane pilot. He was well-known for his independent spirit and proved to be a colorful figure in his profession. He wrote 13 books, thousands of articles and short stories. His first book was 13-13 Vietnam Search and Destroy. One of his best known books is "Bax Seat," a compilation of tales about flying. He also published "Jenny 'N' Dad," a memoir of his life at Village Creek with his wife Diane and young daughter Jenny. Baxter had eight children with his first wife Mary Olive Dailey: Molly, Gordon Francis Baxter III, Roy, Bonnie, Marjorie Ann "Margie", James Kirwin, Laurie, Martha Marian. After a divorce, he married Diane Tittle and they had a daughter, Jenny, in 1977. His 80th birthday celebration was attended by 600 people.

Extent

100 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Gordon F. Baxter was born on December 25, 1923, in Port Arthur, Texas. He resided in Beaumont from 1959 until his death on June 11, 2005. During his professional career he was a writer, radio broadcaster, and a airplane pilot. He was well-known for his independent spirit and proved to be a colorful figure in his profession. These papers include personal papers and correspondence, artifacts, scrapbooks, publications, slides, and photographic negatives related to his personal life and professional career. The collection features several large boxes of photos and negatives documenting all aspects of Gordon Baxter's life through the 1940s to the 1990s. Also included are copies of his books and manuscripts, including a memoir about his youngest daughter, Jenny Baxter.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into twelve series.

Series 1: Manuscripts, 1940-1999

Series 2: Flying Correspondence, 1997-2000

Series 3: Artifacts, undated

Series 4: Oversize Materials, undated

Series 5: Photographs, 1930-1999

Series 6: Framed Photographs, 1938-1994

Series 7: Plaques and Trophies, 1941-1992

Series 8: Publications, 1960-1978

Series 9: Personal Papers, 1855-2011

Series 10: Scrapbooks, 1942-1991

Series 11: Gordon Baxter Publications, 1967-2000

Series 12: Columns and Correspondence, 1938-2000

Title
Finding Aid for the Gordon Baxter Papers, 1855-2011
Author
Tyrrell Historical Library Staff
Date
July 27, 2021
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Tyrrell Historical Library Archives Repository

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