Title: The Book of the States, Vol. 30
Author: Deborah A. Gona
Contributor: Robert Silvanik (Editor)
Publication Date: June 1994
Publisher: Council of State Governments, The
Binding Format: Trade Cloth
Price: $79.00USD Retail (Publisher)
A typical question that would lead to use of this 35 volume (2004 edition) biennial
book, and its three volume directories would be something along the lines of "I
need th DMV addresses and phone numbers for two states." or "I have to file a
state tax return for another state; who do I write to get the forms?" or
"Where can I compare the budgets of California and New York?" or "Which
state spends the most for K-12 education?"
The purpose of this set of books is to provide statistical data on the 50
states of the United States of America. It provides directories of state
agencies, committees, etc. The scope of the book is large. It gives
current state officials, state flowers, birds, finances, etc. It is not in
narrative format however. It grows most valuable annually as the
directories arrive. These directories are 1. Elective Officials; 2. Legislative Leadership,
Committees, and Staff. 3. Administrative Officials.
The intended audience is both general and academic, especially at the
college level. Its dates of coverage are the current
The book is used by the table of contents which indicates the topical
arrangement, with subject index at the back. The first two directories are
arranged by state alphabetically. The third directory is arranged by
departments, such as Parks and Recreation, Motor Vehicles, and Tourism.
The book is mostly tabular information, less narrative. The Directories
are the most informative and convenient source for information on the States.
LCSH: 1. State governments --
Yearbooks. 2. State governments -- United States -- Officials and
employees -- Directories. 3. Legislators -- United States -- States --
Directories. 4. Legislative bodies -- United States -- States -- Officials
and employees -- Directories. 5. Legislative bodies -- United States --
States -- Committees -- Directories.