Ozark Books: Recommended Sources

 Empires, Nations, and Families: A New History of the North American West, 1800-1860. (2012) 
Anne E. Hyde: American historian
 Context, Context, Context
This book was suggested to me by Dr. Roger Carpenter, and this is one of the best recommendations in Grad school I have ever recieved. If you want to understand the influences behind Western Expansion, along with the Families & Nations, that influenced Missouri, the Ozarks, and eventually, the rest of Arkansas, this book delivers the context of these regions' founding era. 


Henry Rowe Schoolcraft (March 28, 1793 - December 10, 1864): Ozark Explorer - "Lewis & Clark of the Ozarks" from Nov. 1818-Feb.1819.
Milton D. Rafferty was the Professor Emeritus of Geography, Geology, and Planning at Southwest Missouri State University, aka Missouri State University. Dr. Rafferty explores the trails & traces that Schoolcraft & Pettibone discovered. Rafferty draws details maps in accordance with Schoolctraft's narritive. This book is an Ozark necessity.

  Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
Thomas Nuttall: English botanist & zoologist & Arkansas Explorer (Jan. 5,1786 – 10 Sept. 10, 1859)
Savoie Lottinville: historian & editor (1906–1997)

Elmo Ingenthron: Ozark Historian (Jan. 16, 1911-May 7, 1988)


County Histories
Under Construction
History of Baxter County: Centennial Edition 1873-1973
The Mountain Meadows Massacre: An Outlander's View. (1986)
An Outlander's History of Carroll County, Arkansas, 1830-1983, Sesquicentennial Edition. (1983)
A Stranger and a Sojourner: Peter Caulder, Free Black Frontiersman in Antebellum Arkansas. (2005)

History of Marion County. (1977)

A History of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas: Being an Account of the Early Settlements, the Civil War, the Ku-Klux, and Times of Peace. (The Civil War in the West) (2006)


Author: Vance Randolph (One of my favorite authors.)
Mr. Randolph was, and still is, an Ozark treasure as he traveled around collecting Ozark anecdotes, folksongs, jokes, poems, and folktales. Warning…some selections are rather graphic and language can be offensive to some.
Ozark Folksongs: Vol. I: British Ballads and Songs.
Ozark Folksongs: Vol. IV, Religious Songs and Other Items.


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