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Ozark Society Records

Identifier: MC 477

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of administrative files that include, among other records, the Society's by-laws, certificate of incorporation and membership lists; general correspondence as well as the one received and generated by the Society's presidents, secretaries, newsletter editors, and other officers; financial records comprising bank statements, treasurers reports, federal and state tax returns and others; minutes of the Board meetings as well as materials relating to general membership meetings; subject files pertaining to such subjects as Buffalo National River, Ozark National Forest, stream channelization, dam construction, and other watershed projects, wilderness conservation as well as legislative bills particularly as regards the Buffalo river hearings; Ozark Society newsletters and other publications; Ozark Society chapter records including also newsletters and bulletins; and non-Ozark Society publications and newspaper clippings. The collection also contains audio-visual material that includes photographs, video and audio recordings.


  • Creation: circa 1922-2013


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Access restrictions apply: Materials in Box 20 are restricted until the death of the relevant persons in order to protect personally-identifying information such as social security numbers.

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Historical Sketch

The Ozark Society, an Arkansas-based, voluntary, non-profit, conservation organization was officially founded on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville on May 24, 1962. The founding president of the Ozark Society was Dr. Neil Compton of Bentonville, Arkansas. The principal, long-range objective of the Society is to protect wilderness, promote the scenic and recreational qualities of the Ozark-Ouachita region and to secure the preservation of these qualities for present and future generations. The Ozark Society, in close cooperation with the Arkansass legislators J. William Fulbright, John L. McClellan and John Paul Hammerschmidt, was instrumental in securing National Park status for the Buffalo National River in Arkansas in 1972. It also has led efforts in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Louisiana to protect scenic rivers and secure representative wilderness areas on public lands as well as protect rare and endangered plants and animals and promote wiser use of land, water, air and energy resources by supporting all legislationlocal, state, and federaldesigned to protect these resources.

The Ozark Society conducts various activities throughout the year. These include canoeing, camping, hiking, scenic tours, and others. The Society publishes a quarterly Ozark Society Bulletin, a photo-illustrated magazine. The state organization is bolstered by a network of autonomous chapters in cities throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.


28.2 Linear Feet (23 boxes, 1 tube, and 1 oversize item)

389 Megabytes (225 files)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Acquisition Information

The Ozark Society Records were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, in increments between 1982 and 2007 by the Board of the Ozark Society. Item 1 was donated by Becky Hartman of Hindsel, Illinois, for addition to the collection.

Additional materials (Box 18 and Box 22) were donated by Ellen Compton on behalf of the Ozark Society between 2011-2013.

Additional materials (Box 18, Folder 47, and Digital Folders 1-2) were donated by Ken Smith on behalf of the Ozark Society in November 2008. Materials in Boxes 19-21 were donated by Ozark Society President David Peterson on behalf of the Ozark Society on September 2, 2019. Most of the September 2019 donation of materials were originally maintained by Ozark Society Treasurer Bob Ritchie; materials in Box 21, Folders 5-8 were collected by Steve and Jo Wilson. Materials in Box 23 were donated by Ozark Society President David Peterson on behalf of the Ozark Society in August 2022. Materials in Tube 1 were donated by Neil Compton and Ken Smith on behalf of the Ozark Society in 1975 and 1993.

Processing Information

Processed by Vera Ekechukwu; completed June 2011.

Updated by Katrina Windon in July 2018 to include inventory for Boxes 14-17 and Item 1.

Updated by Elysa Barton in September 2018 to incorporate additional donation (Box 18) from ca 2011-2013.

Updated by Katrina Windon in July 2019 to incorporate additional donation (Box 18, Folder 47, and Digital Folders 1-2) from 2008. Digital materials were received on a compact disc and migrated to Special Collections servers. Updated by Katrina Windon in October 2019 to incorporate additional donation (Boxes 19-21), as well as Box 22. Digital materials were received on a compact disc and migrated to Special Collections servers. Updated by Katrina Windon in August 2022 to incorporate additional donation (Box 23). Updated by Katrina Windon in October 2022 to incorporate additional materials (Tube 1).



Ozark Society Records
Vera Ekechukwu
June 2011
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444