A blue book or bluebook is an almanac, buyer's guide or other compilation of statistics and information. The term dates back to the 15th century, when large blue velvet-covered books were used for record-keeping by the Parliament of England.[1] The Oxford English Dictionary first records such a usage in 1633.[2] The term has a variety of other meanings.

Academia and educationEdit

  • The Yale College Programs of Study, referred to as the Blue Book[3]
  • Blue book exam, a type of test involving writing an essay, typically into a pamphlet – traditionally blue colored – called a "blue book"
  • Blue and Brown Books, the Blue Book of Lecture Notes for 1933-1934 for Ludwig Wittgenstein lectures


Chicago Construction Blue Book from 2003
  • The Blue Book of Building and Construction,[4] was a yellow pages-like buyers guide of company information targeted towards commercial construction, first published in 1913. The guide contains information on architects, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, vendors, and other companies relevant to the commercial bidding and build process. The hardbound book was retired in 2016 and subsequently replaced by a bi-annual regional magazine called the Who's Who in Building and Construction. The prior content of the hard bound book is now completely online and called The Blue Book Network. The company which publishes the information is Jefferson Valley, New York-based Contractor's Register.

Computing and technologyEdit

Government and financeEdit

United KingdomEdit

United StatesEdit

Hubbell's Blue Book, a family and social directory from Toledo, Ohio, 1908


  • Aircraft bluebook, a digest that covers the price and condition of used general aviation aircraft in the U.S; the Aircraft Bluebook Rating Scale (or "Bluebook scale") is used in the aviation industry to rate the condition of used aircraft.
  • Automobile Blue Book, a route guide to American intercity transportation published between 1901 and 1929.
  • Kelley Blue Book, an automotive appraisal guide from the company of the same name; it is the United States' largest automotive vehicle valuation company.

Other publicationsEdit

The blue book of stationery
  • The Blue Book of Stationery

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Preface, Tennessee Blue Book, 2007-2008 edition, page vii.
  2. ^ "blue book". Oxford English Dictionary (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. (Subscription or participating institution membership required.)
  3. ^ "A Message from the Dean of Yale College < Yale University".
  4. ^ "The Blue Book Network of Commercial Construction".
  5. ^ Wegener, Ingo (1987). The Complexity of Boolean Functions. John Wiley and Sons Ltd, and B. G. Teubner, Stuttgart. ISBN 3-519-02107-2., an influential textbook on circuit complexity, commonly known as the "Blue Book". Also available for download (PDF) at the Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity.
  6. ^ United Nations Protocol and Liaison Service (August 2018). "The Blue Book". United Nations Protocol and Liaison Service. United Nations. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  7. ^ "COLONIAL 'BLUE BOOKS'". CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY. Archived from the original on 17 March 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  8. ^ Oxford English Dictionary.
  9. ^ Matthew M. Aid and Cees Wiebes, Secrets of Signals Intelligence During the Cold War: From Cold War to Globalization, First Edition (2001), Frank Cass Publishers. ISBN 0-7146-5176-1
  10. ^ James Bryce and Arnold Toynbee, The treatment of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, 1915–1916, Documents Presented to Viscount Grey of Falloden by Viscount Bryce, Uncensored Edition (2000), Gomidas Institute, Taderon Press. ISBN 0-9535191-5-5
  11. ^ Marilyn Griggs Riley (2006). "She Decided "Who's Who in Denver Society": Louise Sneed Hill". High Altitude Attitudes: Six Savvy Colorado Women. Big Earth Publishing. pp. 7–20. ISBN 978-1-55566-375-9.
  12. ^ "WHO/IARC Classification of Tumours". whobluebooks.iarc.fr. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  13. ^ "MSA Yearbook". MSA website.

External linksEdit

  • State Blue Books. American Library Association's Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT)