This page is a list of State Blue Books.
The term "state blue book" here typically refers to a state-sponsored, state-level government almanac, however in some instances the term refers the state's legislative manual (a common predecessor to many present day blue books), or even a simple directory/roster of government services and officials. Generally, state blue books published biennially and by the Secretary of State, but there are numerous exceptions. For instance, the Iowa Blue Book is actually known as the "Redbook" for its historical cover color, and is published by the State's General Assembly annually under law. Moreover, a number of states do not have an official blue book, and several have discontinued publication. Common topics covered by blue books include: state facts, branches of the states government, local governments, national representation, elections.
This page is aimed at being a simple, yet detailed collection of information regarding state Blue Books.
Blue books by state
Blue book history
There is debate over the source of the term "blue book." Many have placed the origin towards both England and towards the uses of single colored - often blue - book covers. For instance, the 2005-2006 Tennessee Blue Book states, "The term Blue Book dates from the 15th century when the English Parliament began keeping its records in large volumes covered with blue velvet. Since that time the name Blue Book has been used to describe many forms of government manuals." Yet the theory is not completely accepted; the 2011-2012 Idaho Blue Book states, "The Blue Book received its name not from the color of its cover but rather by definition of content. Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms defines the term Blue Book as 'a printed book containing the names of all persons holding office under the Government of the United States. It answers the Red Book of England.'"
Blue book analysis
The following information is a running analysis of state blue books based on the information currently gathered.
- The number of states currently publishing blue books: 29
- The number of states that have discontinued publishing blue books: 6
- The number of states listed that currently have no known blue book: 14
- The number of blue books listed which are state almanacs: 30
- The number of blue books listed which are legislative manuals: 3
- The number of blue books listed which are privately complied official almanacs: 2
- The number of blue books listed which are state directories: 1