- Desired Level of Collecting – The Ozarks Heritage Research Center will exhaustively collect materials that pertain
to the history and culture of south central and southeast Ozarks, including materials
written by and about Missourians.
- Geographic Areas Collected – Missouri Ozarks and South-Central Missouri, especially the counties of Butler,
Carter, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Howell, Iron, Oregon, Ozark, Phelps, Reynolds, Ripley,
Shannon, Texas, Washington, Wayne, and Wright. The Research Center will selectively
acquire materials from the Arkansas Ozarks regions.
- Forms of Material Collected – The Ozarks Heritage Research Center accepts donations of materials that pertain
to the history and culture of the Ozarks. This list, which is subjective and not definitive,
illustrates the wide range of materials accepted by the center and those materials
most useful for researchers and history enthusiasts:
- Digital materials
- Newspaper clippings
- Oral history tapes/CDs (include identifying information)
- Personal/professional papers and/or correspondence
- Photographs (with subjects/locations identified)
- Public records
- Sound recordings
- Exclusions The Ozarks Heritage Research Center will not generally accept items that are copies
of originals. The Ozarks Heritage Research Center will not accept materials without
a signed deed of gift.
Preserving and conserving materials for research and archival purposes is the most
expensive operation of a depository. Donors who are able to assist us by making grants
or establishing endowments toward the arrangement, cataloging, digitization (for online
access), and/or conservation of materials are encouraged to speak with a member of
the Research Center Advisory Board.
The Ozarks Heritage Research Center Partners
- Missouri State University-West Plains
- Ozarks Studies Symposium
- West Plains Council on the Arts