Blue book

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This article is about the pricing book genre, for the magazine see Blue Book (magazine)

Blue book or bluebook is a term often referring to an almanac 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 the United Kingdom.[1]

The term has a variety of other meanings:

Academia and education[edit]


Chicago Construction Blue Book from 2003

Computing and technology[edit]

Government and finance[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]


  • Blue Book, the Tiffany & Co. catalog first published in 1845
  • The CIBJO World Jewellery Confederation Blue Book, a three-part publication outlining terminology, classification and ethical guidelines for coloured gemstones, diamonds and pearls


  • The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, a style guide that prescribes the most widely used legal citation system in the United States


  • The included Blue Book notes in the 1958 first published book of Ludwig Wittgenstein's collective academic works Preliminary Studies for the "Philosophical Investigations"





  • 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
  • Big Blue Book, also known as The Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair
  • 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 publications[edit]

  • One of the Blue and Brown Books, sets of notes taken during lectures conducted by the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein between 1933 and 1935
  • MacRae's Blue Book, an industrial directory published since 1893, is produced by Owen Media Partners[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Preface, Tennessee Blue Book, 2007-2008 edition, page vii.
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  3. ^ "The Blue Book Building and Construction Network". 
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Oxford English Dictionary. 
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ 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
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  9. ^ "Books by author Mitchell P. Davis". Goodreads. 
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External links[edit]

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