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Baxter family collection

 Collection — Box: 1-3
Identifier: G-039

Scope and Contents

The collection contains undated photocopied materials relating to the Baxter family, their relatives, and ancestors. All items in the collection are photocopies. Other major families included in this collection are Kimberly, Jordan, McLaughlin, and Gilmore. Major figures in the collection include Arthur R. Baxter, Emory R. Baxter, and Arthur Jordan. Information included in the collection are various correspondence, pictures, obituaries, newspaper articles, genealogical charts from the mid nineteenth to mid twentieth century.


  • undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with the Genealogy Division, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Genealogy Division.

Biographical Note

The Baxter family is based in the Indianapolis area. Arthur Reyburn Baxter, born December 8, 1876, was a prominent figure Indianapolis. He was president of the Keyless Lock Company and worked there for over forty years. He was also known for his financial and civic contributions to the city including the building of the Scottish Rite Cathedral and the donation of the 63-bell carillon. He was also on the board of directors for Riley and Methodist hospital boards, a member of the Rotary Club, Meridian Hills Country Club, Colombia Club, Indianapolis Athletic Club, the Central Ave. Methodist Club and was a 33rd degree Mason. In 1936, he founded the Baxter Foundation whose charities support many different organizations around Indianapolis. Baxter also served as the state senator for Marion County from 1920 to 1925. He died December 14, 1957. His wife Frances Delight Doyle Baxter was also heavily involved in civic organizations.

His son Emory Russell Baxter was also a leader in the community. Born December 1, 1901, he served in the Army Air Forces World War II and was the ranking colonel of the ROTC in Indianapolis. Emory married Ruth Fromm in 1925, they had two children Marjorie born in 1927, and Robert born 1931.Emory owned both Baxter Rural Electrification and the Baxter Co. a distributer of Hupmobile and Studebaker automobiles. He was president of the Baxter Foundation for 25 years, a member of the YMCA board of trustees, life trustee at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, board member of the Boy Scout Council, was past president of the Advisory Council of the Marion County Juvenile Court and was a 32nd degree Mason. He received an honorary degree from the University of Indianapolis and was a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash. He died February 12, 1991.

Information Found within Collection Indianapolis Star 14 Febuary 1991: B-16. Ancestry Library. Emory R. Baxter. 15 January 2013.


1 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by the Genealogy Division as a donation from Mrs. Emory R. Baxter on 1989/11.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2013 by Sarah Pfundstein. EAD finding aid created 2017/03/04 by Sarah Pfundstein.
Baxter family papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Genealogy Repository

315 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.