Ozark Institute Records
Records of the Ozark Institute were assembled and donated to Special Collections in 1986 by Edd A. Jeffords of Austin, Texas. Jeffords directed the Conference on Ozark In-Migration in Eureka Springs in May, 1976, which led to the establishment of the Ozark Institute. Jeffords, who was executive director from 1977 until 1982, helped to establish the Ozark Institute as a resource center to address the needs of the rural low-income and elderly in the areas of food, energy, and shelter. The Institute sponsored Futures Forums in several county seats in Arkansas and provided job training and resources to rural people through programs such as the Ozark Producer-Consumer Alliance, the Family Farm Development Service, and publications and seminars on solar energy, energy conservation, forest preservation, the small farmer, and appropriate technology.