State of the Ozarks Bibliography


Allen, Chick. Autobiography of Chick Allen and Folklore of the Early Ozarks,1975

Allen, Chick. How They Lived in the Ozarks,1975

Allen, Chick and Evelyn Fullerton. Ozark Root Digger,1974


Bittersweet, “Who the Heck Was Alf Bolin?” Volume X, Number 3, Spring 1983

Bradford, Ernle. The Great Siege: Malta 1565, Penguin Books, London 1961


Clark, Roy with Marc Elliot. My Life — In Spite of Myself, Simon & Schuster,1994

Chandler, Arline. The Heart of Branson, History Press, Charleston, SC 2010

Cottrell, Steve and Phillip W. Steele. Civil War In The Ozarks, Pelican Publishing Company Inc.,1993

Commager, Henry Steele. The Blue and the Gray, The Fairfax Press NY, 1980


Davis, Jerry C. Miracle in the Ozarks, Hard Work U Publishing, 2007

Dollar, Kelsey. The Cowboy Chuckwagon Cookbook, Apricot Press, 2003


Erbsen, Wayne. Rural Roots of Bluegrass: Songs, Stories & History, Native Ground Music, Asheville, North Carolina 2003


Glenn, Wayne. Down The Road From Nixa, Litho Printers, Cassville, Missouri 2007

Goff, James, R, Jr. Close Harmony: A History of Southern Gospel, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC 2002


Hartman, Mary and Elmo Ingenthron. Baldknobbers: vigilantes on the Ozark frontier, Pelican Publishing Company Inc. 1988

Hefley, James C. Way Back in the Hills, Living Books / Tyndale House Publishers Inc, Wheaton, IL 1987

Hinds, Bob. Ozark Pioneers, self-published, Willow Springs, Missouri, 1999


Jeck, Steve & Peter Martin. Of Stones and Strength, Iron Mind Enterprises, Nevada City, California, 1996


Koob, Tom. The History of Fishing Table Rock Lake, White Oak Lodge Publishing, Shell Knob, Missouri, 2003


L’Amour, Louis. Ride the River, Bantam Books, NY 1983


Mahnkey, Douglas. Bright Glowed My Hills, The School of the Ozarks Press, Kirbyville, Missouri 1968

Martin, Ronald L., Jewel of the Ozarks: Marvel Cave, Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri USA, Ozark Mountain Publishers, Springfield, MO 2010

Massey, Ellen Gray, edited by. Bittersweet Country, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK 1973

Maxwell, James A., et al. America's Fascinating Indian Heritage, The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., 1978

McGill, Bob, Branson’s Entertainment Pioneers, White Oak Publishing, Reeds Spring, MO 2007

McMurray, Stephen E., J. Scott Faiman, Andy Roberts, Bryan Simmons, M. Christopher Barnhart. A Guide To Missouri’s Freshwater Mussels, , Missouri Department of Conservation, Jefferson City, Missouri 2012

McPherson, James M. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War, Oxford Pres, New York, 1988

Miller, Amy Bess. Shaker Medicinal Herbs: A Compendium of History, Lore and Uses, Storey Books, Pownal, Vermont, 1998


Newton, Margaret. 'SHAD' A Biography of Lloyd 'Shad' Heller, Pin Oak Publishing Company, 1982


Payton, Crystal. The Story of Silver Dollar City, A Lens & Pen Production, 1997


Randolph, Vance. Ozark Magic and Folklore, Dover Publications Inc., New York 1964 (formerly published as Ozark Superstitions, Columbia University Press 1946)

Recipes On Parade, John L. Lewis Commission, Lucas, Iowa, 1990

Riley, Kelli Roberts. Cajun Flavors from Home, Branson, MO 2005

Rossiter, Phyllis. A Living History of the Ozarks, Pelican Publishing Company Inc., 1992, 2001, 2006


Shaara, Michael. The Killer Angels,, Ballantine Books, NY 1974

Snyder, Virginia. Virginia's Song: A Country Quilt of Memories, Barnabas Publishing Services, 1996

Stratton, Eula Mae. Ozarks Cookery: A Collection of Pioneer Recipes, Ozarks Mountaineer, Kirbyville, Missouri 1976


Tate, Ken, Janice Tate. Cooking Up A Storm, House of White Birches, 2006

Tobin, Jacqueline L., Dobard, Ph.D., Raymond G. Hidden in Plain View: A secret story of quilts and the Underground Railroad, Anchor Books, 1999

Tucker, Ella Mae. Dear Daughter Cook Book, Litho Printer., 1994


Wammack, Phillip G. Gospel Trivia: A Guide To Southern Gospel Music, 1991

Watts, Betty. From The Ozarks Oven: Edwards Mill Cookbook, College of the Ozarks, 1989

Wernett, Susan J., et al. North American Wildlife, The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., 1986

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. On The Banks of Plum Creek, Scholastic Book Services, New York 1937

Wilson, Charles Morrow. The Bodacious Ozarks: True Tales of the Backhills, Pelican Publishing Company, 1959

Wright, Harold Bell. The Shepherd of the Hills, The Shepherd of the Hills Historical Society, Inc., 1907


Young, Richard & Judy Dockrey. Ozark Ghost Stories, August House Publishers Inc., 1995


Joshua Heston, founder, StateoftheOzarks, Hollister, Missouri


Dale Grubaugh, pastor, Smyrna Baptist Church, Rogersville, Missouri

College of the Ozarks Intern:

Tiffany Lyle, Journalism Major, College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri

Writers & Contributors:

Jim Barrett, Ozark Mountain historian and author, Kimberling City, Missouri

Brooks Blevins, PhD, Ozark Studies Program, Missouri State University, Springfield

Glenna Booth, Arkansas Community of Excellence coordinator, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Emma Carter, Jay Stone Singers vocalist, Hope Mills, North Carolina

John Fullerton, Branson, Taney County, Stone County and Sons of the Pioneers Historian and performer

Denise Hansson, Rutgers Master Gardener, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, New Jersey

Lauren Hembree, College of the Ozarks Graduate, English, Springfield, Missouri

Mary Mayfield, of Red Bridge Bluegrass Band, Ozark, Missouri

Randy Plummer, Singer, songwriter and Plummer Family Show founding member

Jim Wilson, regional historian, Stone County, Missouri

State of the Ozarks Bibliography

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Vance Randolph

(Galena, MO) My books The Ozarks and Ozark Mountain Folks, published by Vanguard Press in 1931 and 1932, contained accounts of backwoods folk belief. Many supernatural narratives, and some notes on water witching, first appeared in Ozark Ghost Stories and Tall Tales from the Ozarks, published and copyrighted by E. Haldeman-Julius, of Girard, Kansas.

Several yarns about witchcraft were printed in Folk-SayFolk-Say, a regional annual edited by B. A. Botkin and brought out by the University of Oklahoma Press; other related items first saw the light in the quarterly University Review, published at the University of Kansas City. I am grateful to the owners of these copyrights for permission to reprint the material here. V.R., June 10, 1946

From Ozark Magic and Folklore, 1947.

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