Civics 101: Blue Book go-to source for state government questions

J. H. Osborne • Jul 15, 2019 at 6:00 PM

NASHVILLE — Looking for information about Tennessee state government or the history of the Volunteer State? A premier source of information is the Tennessee Blue Book, published by the Tennessee Secretary of State every two years. It includes information about current lawmakers, state history, and the different branches of state government.

• Blue Books are often distributed to constituents by members of the Tennessee General Assembly. Its contents also are available online at https://sos.tn.gov/. Place the cursor over “Publications” and select “Blue Book” from the drop-down menu. Several past volumes are archived there as well.

• 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. The Tennessee Blue Book and Official Directory was first published in 1929. Its predecessor, The Official and Political Manual of the State of Tennessee, was first published by the Office of the Secretary of State in 1890.

• The current edition, published in January 2018, is for 2017-2018.

• The Department of State authorized the printing of 52,000 copies in December 2017.

• This public document was produced at a cost of $4.8077 per copy.

Source: Tennessee Blue Book 2017-2018.