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Collection Number: RG22/1
Volume: 17 cubic feet
Dates: 1909-1992

A sampling of sports-related items from this collection, as well as from other University collections, has been digitized and is available online in our Digital Collections.

The yearbooks have also been digitized and are available in our Digital Collections.


The collection was processed in 2006. The materials were collected by Meyer Library over the course of several years, with the photograph collection donated in 2004.


This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).


The collection is unrestricted. Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be obtained from the Department of Special Collections and Archives. Citations should be as follows: Identification of the item, box and folder number, Ozarko Collection [RG 22/1], Department of Special Collections and Archives, Missouri State University.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

The Ozarko was the student yearbook and was first published when Missouri State University was known as Missouri State Normal School #4. It was published continuously from 1909 to 1992, with the exception of the periods from 1918 to 1921 and 1944 to 1946. During the World War II era, a special edition of the school newspaper, the Southwest Standard, was published in lieu of a yearbook. Those volumes are found with the other editions of the newspaper. Publication of a student yearbook ceased in 1992.

Scope and Content

The Ozarko collection contains an archival copy of the yearbooks, a collection of photographs maintained by the Ozarko staff in the 1970s and 1980s, and a series of yearbooks with student inscriptions.

Series I: Photographs: This series contains photographs primarily from the 1970s and 1980s, though there are some historical photographs that were kept by the Ozarko staff. Generally the original folder headings were maintained, though processing staff did clarify or add headings in order to make the collection more accessible.

Series II: Ozarko yearbooks: Contains one complete set of the Ozarko yearbooks. In addition to this set, the Ozarko can be found in Meyer Library Reference and in the general stacks. To locate those volumes, search the online catalog at http://library.missouristate.edu.

Series III: Ozarko yearbooks [inscribed]: This series contains copies of the yearbooks with inscriptions from students and faculty. These have been received from a variety of sources and are maintained as a separate series because they give an interesting look at student life and culture.

Series IV: Snapshots and Printing Plates: The series contains materials found after the collection was processed. The materials consist of photographs, primarily 3x5 and 4x6 snapshots, and 7 printing plates. The photographs were found in original film developing envelopes with no identification. The photos are categorized and arranged alphabetically.

Container List

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