The Ozarks Heritage Research Center is committed to preserving the work of Ozarks scholars and authors. Materials preserved in the collection are meant to serve scholarly researchers, regional history enthusiasts, and students. To this end, the Research Center seeks to collect and make available documents and visual sources that represent the history and cultural heritage of the southern Missouri Ozarks more specifically, the south-central and southeast Missouri Ozarks. The Ozarks Heritage Research Center seeks to play a role in the broader research community by building collections in historical and cultural collections not available anywhere else.
The ultimate goal of the Ozarks Heritage Research Center is to create an archival presence in the southern Missouri Ozarks, one that fills a much-needed niche in professional historical and cultural services and promotes a critical study of the region by students at all education levels, professional scholars from both inside and outside the Ozarks region, and regional history enthusiasts.
- Sponsors speakers, professional conferences, and workshops.
- Promotes educational resources, particularly for the region’s communities.
- Collaborates with partners from outside the university including other institutions focusing on the Ozarks.
- Serves as a repository for Ozarks scholars and authors, especially those who focus on the eastern Ozarks.