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. His papers consists of a wide-assortment of materials. They include personal papers and correspondence, scrapbooks, publications, slides, and photographic negatives related to his 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.