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This page is a list of State Blue Books. On this page, the term "state blue book" refers to a state-sponsored almanac of the state-level government, however in some instances it refers the state's legislative manual (a common sources of many present day blue books) or a 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 becoming a simple, yet detailed collection of information regarding state Blue Books.

History

The origin of the term "blue book" appears to have been muddled with time. 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 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.'"[1][2]

Blue books by state

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Alabama
Alabama Official and Statistical Register
Still Published:No
Most Recent Volume: 1979
Frequency of Publication: Biennially
Type of Manual: State Almanac


Links to older editions

Source name Editions
ADAH Digital Archives 1903 to 1979

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Alaska
Alaska Blue Book
Still Published:No
Frequency of Publication: biennially
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:The Division of State Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Law dictating publication:Sec. 14.56.182. Alaska Blue Book*


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Arizona
Arizona Blue Book
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2009-10
Frequency of Publication: Biennially
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:Arizona Secretary of State
Law dictating publication:Arizona Revised Statute A.R.S. § 41-131


2009-10 Chapters

  • Chapter 1. General Information
  • Chapter 2. Executive Branch
  • Chapter 3. Legislative Branch
  • Chapter 4. Judicial Branch
  • Chapter 5. Federal Government
  • Chapter 6. Native Americans
  • Chapter 7. Counties
  • Chapter 8. Local Government
  • Chapter 9. Elections
  • Chapter 10. Arizona Constitution

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Arkansas
No "Blue Book" is currently listed


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California
California Blue Book
Most Recent Volume: 2000
Type of Manual: State Almanac


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California
No "Blue Book" is currently listed


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Connecticut
Connecticut State Register & Manual
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2010
Frequency of Publication: Annually
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:Connecticut Secretary of State
Law dictating publication:Sec. 3-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes


2010 Chapters

  • Dedications
  • Section I: Historical
  • Section II: Biographies and Photographs
  • Section III: State Government-Legislative
  • Section IV: State Government-Executive & Administrative
  • Section V: State Government-Judicial
  • Section VI: Counties
  • Section VII: Local Government
  • Section VIII: Political
  • Section IX: United States Government
  • Section X: Miscellaneous

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Delaware
No "Blue Book" is currently listed


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Florida
No "Blue Book" is currently listed


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Georgia
The Georgia Official and Statistical Register
Still Published:No
Most Recent Volume: 1989-1990
Frequency of Publication: Biennially
Type of Manual: State Almanac
  • Note: The Georgia Official and Statistical Register was publish from 1923-1990[3]

1989-1990 Chapters

  • I: Constitution of the State of Georgia
  • II: State Elected Offices
  • III: State Agencies
  • IV: Senators and Representatives in Congress from Georgia
  • V: General Assembly
  • VI: United States Judicial Officers
  • VII: Judicial System of Georgia
  • VIII: Georgia County Officers and Information
  • IX: Historical Rosters
  • X: Elections, 1989-90
  • XI: Georgia Miscellany
  • Index

Links to older editions

Source name Editions
Digital Library of Georgia 1923-1990

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Hawaii
No "Blue Book" is currently listed


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Idaho
Idaho Blue Book
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2011/2012
Pages in Current Volume: 453
Frequency of Publication: biennially in odd-numbered years
Number of Editions: 21
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:Idaho Secretary of State
Law dictating publication:Idaho Statues 67-915


2011/12 Chapters

  • Introduction
  • Chapter One - Profile
  • Chapter Two - Congressional Delegation
  • Chapter Three - Executive Branch
  • Chapter Four - Legislative Branch
  • Chapter Five - Judicial Branch
  • Chapter Six - County Government
  • Chapter Seven - Elections
  • Chapter Eight - Education
  • Chapter Nine - Media
  • Chapter Ten - Economy
  • Chapter Eleven - Demographics
  • Chapter Twelve - Recreation
  • Appendix
  • Index

Links to older editions

Source name Editions
Idaho Secretary of State 2007/2008, 2009/2010

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Illinois
Illinois Blue Book
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2009-2010
Pages in Current Volume: 542
Number of Editions: 54
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:Illinois Secretary of State


2009-10 Chapters

  • Message from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White
  • Lincoln Birthday Bicentennial
  • Official Portraits and Biographies
  • Congress
  • Illinois Legislature
  • Legislative Correspondents
  • Illinois Courts
  • Office Of The Governor Patrick J. Quinn
  • Office Of The Lieutenant Governor
  • Office of the Attorney General Lisa Madigan
  • Office of the Secretary of State Jesse White
  • Office of the Comptroller Daniel W. Hynes
  • Office of the Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias
  • Education
  • History of Illinois
  • Elections
  • State and Local Government Facts
  • Constitution of the State of Illinois
  • Constitution of the United States
  • Index
  • Acknowledgements
  • State of Illinois Toll-Free Numbers

Links to older editions

Source name Editions
Illinois Digital Archives 1900-1901 to Present

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Indiana
No "Blue Book" is currently listed


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Iowa
Iowa Official Register (the Redbook)
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2009-2010
Pages in Current Volume: 478
Frequency of Publication: Annually
Number of Editions: 73
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:Iowa General Assembly
Law dictating publication:Iowa Code section 2B.5


2009-10 Chapters

  • Cover - TOC - Index - Contacts
  • Chapter 1 - Elected Officials
  • Chapter 2 - Legislative Branch
  • Chapter 3 - Judicial Branch
  • Chapter 4 - Executive Branch Agencies
  • Chapter 5 - Federal Government
  • Chapter 6 - Local Government
  • Chapter 7 - History and Constitution
  • Chapter 8 - Iowa Profile
  • Chapter 9 - Educational Institutions
  • Chapter 10 - Elections

Links to older editions

Source name Editions
Iowa Legislature 1860 to 2005-2006,
Iowa Legislature 2007-2008

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Kansas
No "Blue Book" is currently listed


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Kentucky
No "Blue Book" is currently listed


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Louisiana
No "Blue Book" is currently listed


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Maine
No "Blue Book" is currently listed


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Maryland
Maryland Manual (On-Line)
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: Online
Frequency of Publication: Biennially*
Publisher:Maryland State Archives
Law dictating publication:Maryland State Government Code § 9-1026 and § 9-1027
Notes:While previously in book form, the Maryland Manual is now updated continuously online[4]


Links to older editions

Source name Editions
Archives of Maryland Online 1885-2001

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Massachusetts
Manual for the General Court
Frequency of Publication: Every odd-numbered year[5]
Max. No. of copies printed by law:10,500
Type of Manual: State Legislative Manual
Publisher:The Massachusetts Clerk of the Senate and the Clerk of the House
Law dictating publication:Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 5 Section 11


Links to older editions

Source name Editions
Executive Office for Administration and Finance 1858 to 2005-06

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Michigan
Michigan Manual
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2009-2010
Frequency of Publication: Biennially
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:The Michigan Legislative Service Bureau
Law dictating publication:Michigan Compiled Laws § 24.24


2009-2010 Chapters

  • Introduction and Preface
  • Profile of Michigan
  • Ch.1 - Michigan History
  • Ch.2 - Constitutions
  • Ch.3 - Legislative Branch
  • Ch.4 - Executive Branch
  • Ch.5 - Judicial Branch
  • Ch.6 - Congressional Delegation
  • Ch.7 - Institutions of Higher Education
  • Ch.8 - Local Government
  • Ch.9 - Elections

Links to older editions

Source name Editions
Michigan Legislature 1999-2000 to Present

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Minnesota
Minnesota Legislative Manual (Blue Book)
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2011-2012
Pages in Current Volume: 648
Frequency of Publication: Biennially in odd-numbered
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:Minnesota Secretary of State
Law dictating publication:Minnesota Statutes Section 5.08
Notes:Minnesota also publishes a "Student Edition" of it's Blue Book


2011-2010 chapters

  • FOREWORD AND TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Chapter 1 - MINNESOTA IN PROFILE
  • Chapter 2 - CHARTERS, LAWS and FOUNDING DOCUMENTS
  • Chapter 3 - STATE LEGISLATURE
  • Chapter 4 - EXECUTIVE OFFICES
  • Chapter 5 - STATE AGENCIES
  • Chapter 6 - STATE JUDICIARY
  • Chapter 7 - LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Chapter 8 - FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
  • Chapter 9 - TRIBAL GOVERNMENT
  • Chapter 10 - MINNESOTA VOTES
  • INDEX

Links to older editions

Source name Editions
Minnesota Secretary of State 2005-2006 to present

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Mississippi
Mississippi Official & Statistical Register
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2008-2012
Pages in Current Volume: 768
Frequency of Publication: Every fourth year after a presidential election
Max. No. of copies printed by law:40,000 (or less)
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:Mississippi Secretary of State
Law dictating publication:Section 39-5-15 of the Mississippi Code of 1972


2008-2012 Chapters

  • Letter from Secretary of State
  • Introduction
  • Executive Branch
  • Legislative Branch
  • Judicial Branch
  • Federal Government
  • County Government
  • Municipal Government
  • Agencies, Boards, and Commissions
  • Elections
  • General Information
  • Index

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Missouri
Official Manual of the State of Missouri (The Blue Book)
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2009-2010
Pages in Current Volume: 1467
Frequency of Publication: Biennially
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:Missouri Secretary of State
Law dictating publication:Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 11 Missouri Manual and Official Publications Section 11.020
Notes:The Missouri previously published 40,000 copies of the Blue Book, but it was revised on August 28, 2010 to be only distributed electronically.[6][7]


2009-2010 chapters

  • Letter from Secretary of State Robin Carnahan
  • Dedication
  • Danzero Photograph Collection
  • Acknowledgments
  • Table of Contents
  • Chapter 1 - Missouri Almanac
  • Chapter 2 - Executive Branch
  • Chapter 3 - Federal Government
  • Chapter 4 - Legislative Branch
  • Chapter 5 - Judicial Branch
  • Chapter 6 - Executive Departments
  • Chapter 7 - Missouri Elections
  • Chapter 8 - Cities and Counties
  • Chapter 9 - Missouri Information
  • Chapter 10 - Personnel

Links to older editions

Source name Editions
Missouri Secretary of State - Missouri Digital Heritage 1878 to 2000
Missouri Secretary of State 2001-2002 to Present

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Montana
No "Blue Book" is currently listed


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Nebraska
Nebraska Blue Book
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2010-11
Pages in Current Volume: 1002
Frequency of Publication: Biennially in odd-numbered years
Number of Editions: 50
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:Nebraska Clerk of the Legislature's Office


2010-11 Chapters

  • Ch. 1: NEBRASKA: THE CORNHUSKER STATE
  • Ch. 2: U.S. GOVERNMENT IN NEBRASKA
  • Ch. 3: NEBRASKA STATE GOVERNMENT
  • Ch. 4: NEBRASKA STATE GOVERNMENT
  • Ch. 5: LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN NEBRASKA
  • Ch. 6: NEBRASKA EDUCATION AND INFORMATION RESOURCES
  • Ch. 7: NEBRASKA POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS
  • Ch. 8: INDEX


Links to older editions

Source name Editions
Nebraska Library Commission 2002-03, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2010-11
NEGenWeb Project 1889, 1920, 1926, 1930, 1936, 1966

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Nevada
Nevada Legislative Manual
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2011
Frequency of Publication: Each biennium
Type of Manual: State Legislative Manual
Publisher:Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau
Law dictating publication:Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 218F.400


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New Hampshire
Manual for the General Court
Still Published:No
Most Recent Volume: 2007
Number of Editions: 60
Type of Manual: State Almanac


Links to older editions

Source name Editions
Archive.org Vol. 1 to 60 (2007)

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New Jersey
Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2011
Frequency of Publication: Annually
Type of Manual: Privately Compiled Official Almanac
Publisher:Skinder-Strauss Associates
Notes:The Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey is a "state-authorized reference guide," but is created and published by a private corporation.


2004 Chapters

  • INTRODUCTION
  • THE STATE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH
  • THE STATE EXECUTIVE BRANCH
  • STATE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
  • ELECTION RETURNS
  • FACILITIES
  • COUNTY GOVERNMENT
  • MUNICIPALITIES
  • UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
  • INFORMATION AND NEWS AGENCIES
  • POPULATION FIGURES
  • INDEX
Source name Editions
New Jersey State Library 1872 to 1922

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New Mexico
New Mexico Blue book
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2009-2010
Pages in Current Volume: 367
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:New Mexico Secretary of State


Current chapters

  • Introduction
  • Table Of Contents
  • Welcome
  • Geology Section
  • New Mexico History
  • Native American Section
  • State Symbols
  • Voter Section
  • Federal Section
  • Executive Section
  • Legislative Section
  • Judicial Section
  • County Section
  • Economic Section
  • Education Section
  • Attraction Section
  • Resource Section
  • New Mexico Features
  • Bibliography

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New York
The New York Red Book
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2011
Frequency of Publication: Annually
Number of Editions: 102
Type of Manual: Privately Compiled Official Almanac
Publisher:New York Legal Publishing Corp.
Notes:The New York Red Book is an "authorized publication," but is created by a private corporation.


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North Carolina
North Carolina Manual
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2008
Pages in Current Volume: 1,022
Frequency of Publication: biennially
Max. No. of copies printed by law:2,350
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:North Carolina Secretary of State
Law dictating publication:North Carolina General Statue § 147‑54


2008 Chapters

  • Introduction and Table of Contents
  • Chapter 01 State Symbols
  • Chapter 02 N.C. Beginnings
  • Chapter 03 Our Constitutions
  • Chapter 04 Council of State and Executive Branch
  • Chapter 05 State Legislature House A-M
  • Chapter 05 State Legislature House M-Y
  • Chapter 05 State Legislature Senate
  • Chapter 06 Judicial Branch
  • Chapter 07 UNC System Colleges and Universities
  • Chapter 08 N.C. Community College System
  • Chapter 09 Private Colleges and Universities
  • Chapter 10 North Carolina's Political Parties
  • Chapter 11 US Government
  • Chapter 11b US Government
  • Chapter 12 County Government
  • Chapter 13 Elections
  • Chapter 13b Elections
  • Chapter 14 N.C. Population Data
  • Chapter 15 Foreign Consuls

Links to older editions

Source name Editions
Archive.org 1917 to 2003-2004

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North Dakota
North Dakota Blue Book
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2009-2011
Pages in Current Volume: 624
Frequency of Publication: Biennial (since 1995)
Number of Editions: 28
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:North Dakota Secretary of State


2009-2011 Chapters

  • Ch. 1: North Dakota's Niche in the World
  • Ch. 2: North Dakota Almanac
  • Ch. 3: Federal-State Relationships
  • Ch. 4: Judicial Branch
  • Ch. 5: Executive Branch
  • Ch. 6: Legislative Branch
  • Ch. 7: Tribal-State Relationships
  • Ch. 8: Elections
  • Ch. 9: Educations
  • Ch. 10: Agriculture
  • Index

Links to older editions

Source name Editions
Digital Horizons 1919, 1942, 1954, 1961, 1974, 1981, 1995
1997-1999, 1999-2001, 2001-2003, 2003-2005, 2005-2007, 2007-2009, 2009-2011
Centennial Blue Book 1889-1989
Archive.org 1897, 1903, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1913,


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Ohio
Official Roster of Federal, State, and County Officers and Departmental Information
Still Published:No
Most Recent Volume: 1985-1986*
Publisher:Ohio Secretary of State
Notes:Information on the most recent volume is based upon this list.


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Oklahoma
Oklahoma Almanac
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2011-2012
Frequency of Publication: Biennially
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:Oklahoma Department of Libraries


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Oregon
Oregon Blue Book
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2011-2012
Frequency of Publication: biennially on or about February 15 of the same year as the regular sessions of the Legislative Assembly
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Law dictating publication:ORS 177.120


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Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Manual
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: Volume 119
Pages in Current Volume: 1083
Frequency of Publication: Biennially
Number of Editions: 119
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:Department of General Services - Bureau of Publications


Volume 119 Chapters

  • Opening Pages
  • Section One: Pennsylvania Past And Present
  • Section Two: Constitution Of Pennsylvania
  • Section Three: General Assembly
  • Section Four: Executive
  • Section Five: Judiciary
  • Section Six: Local Government
  • Section Seven: Elections
  • Section Eight: The Federal Government
  • Section Nine: Appendixs
  • Indices

Links to older editions

Source name Editions
Department of General Services Volumes 117 to Present

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Rhode Island
Rhode Island Government Owner’s Manual
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2011
Frequency of Publication: Biennially
Max. No. of copies printed by law:5,500
Number of Editions: 312
Type of Manual: State Directory
Publisher:Rhode Island Secretary of the State


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South Carolina
South Carolina Legislative Manual
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2011
Pages in Current Volume: 629
Frequency of Publication: Annual
Number of Editions: 92nd
Type of Manual: State Legislative Manual
Publisher:South Carolina Legislature


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South Dakota
South Dakota Legislative Manual
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2009
Pages in Current Volume: 316
Frequency of Publication: biennially (each odd-numbered year)
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:South Dakota Secretary of State
Law dictating publication:South Dakota Codified Laws 2-7-1 and 2-7-3


2009 Chapters

  • Table of Contents
  • Chapter 1: The Mount Rushmore State
  • Chapter 2: Congressional Delegation
  • Chapter 3: Legislative Branch
  • Chapter 4: Executive Branch
  • Chapter 5: Judicial Branch
  • Chapter 6: State Administration
  • Chapter 7: Local Administration
  • Chapter 8: Elections
  • Chapter 9: Communications

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Tennessee
Tennessee Blue Book
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2009-2010
Pages in Current Volume: 697
Frequency of Publication: Biennial
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:Tennessee Secretary of State


2009-2010 Chapters

  • Preface
  • Section I - Legislative Branch
  • Section II - Executive Branch
  • Section III - Judicial Branch
  • Section IV - Tennessee Regulatory Authority
  • Section V - Tennesseans in National Government
  • Section VI - Tennessee
  • Section VII - Statistical Information
  • Index

Links to older editions

Source name Editions
Tennessee Secretary of State 2005-2006, 2007-2008

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Texas
No "Blue Book" is currently listed


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Utah
No "Blue Book" is currently listed


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Vermont
No "Blue Book" is currently listed


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Virginia
The Report of the Secretary of the Commonwealth (Bluebook)
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2010 - 2011
Pages in Current Volume: 752
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth


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Washington
No "Blue Book" is currently listed


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West Virginia
West Virginia Blue Book
Still Published:Yes
Frequency of Publication: Annually[8]
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:Senate Clerk’s Office
Notes:Books published in odd numbered years contain expanded information


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Wisconsin
State of Wisconsin Blue Book
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: 2009-10
Pages in Current Volume: 985
Frequency of Publication: Biennially in odd-numbered years
Number of Editions: 89
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau
Law dictating publication:Wisconsin Statute 35.24


2009-10 Chapters

  • Ch. 1: Biographies
  • Ch. 2: Feature Article
  • Ch. 3: Wisconsin Constitution
  • Ch. 4: Framework of Government
  • Ch. 5: Legislative Branch
  • Ch. 6: Executive Branch
  • Ch. 7: Judicial Branch
  • Ch. 8: Statistical Information on Wisconsin
  • Ch. 9: Political Parties
  • Ch. 10: Elections in Wisconsin
  • Ch. 11: Wisconsin State Symbols
  • Ch. 12: Alphabetical Index

Links to older editions

Source name Editions
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections 1853 through 2003-04

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Wyoming
Wyoming Blue Book
Still Published:Yes
Most Recent Volume: Volume V
Pages in Current Volume: 549
Frequency of Publication: Irregular
Number of Editions: 5
Type of Manual: State Almanac
Publisher:Wyoming State Archives
Notes:The first Wyoming Blue Book was published in 1943, and each of the editions continues where the last one finished. Volume V details year 1991 to 2007.[9]


Links to older editions

Source name Editions
Wyoming State Archives Volumes 1 to 5

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