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NLA 2005 “50 States Blue Book” guide updated, need help

As part of my “finding state government information” talk at the 2005 Nevada Library Association annual conference, I presented a “work-in-progress” guide to “blue books” produced by state governments. That guide has now been updated with 10 new state guides and is available at

Please let me know either by comments below or to e-mail to dnlcornwall AT if you have information about other Blue Books/Almanacs/Government guides, etc published by state governments. Corrections are welcome as well.

For those of you not familar with them, Blue Books are publications produced by SOME states that function as state almanacs. They will always have current information on the organization of state government, and will often have statistics, local history and more. Some states, like Alaska, used to have Blue Books, but had to stop publishing them for budgetary reasons. Sometimes related products will continue, like guides to government and directories of state officials.

So, stop on by and let me know what you think!

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  1. The CA Blue Book was published from the 1890s to 1975 (1891 is the earliest year listed at the CA State Library). It was suspended from 1976 – 1999. It was again printed in 2000 as “California blue book, Sesquicentennial edition” with other titles, “California blue book 1850-2000” and “California blue book 2000.” I haven’t found one online.

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