Official 2019-2020 Manual of Missouri now online.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft unveiled the online 2019-2020 Official Manual, commonly referred to as the “Blue Book,” on Tuesday, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which guarantees women the right to vote.

For more than 100 years, Missouri has published the Official Manual of the State of Missouri where residents can find detailed information on local, state and federal governments, as well as stories, essays and pictures that help preserve the state's heritage.

Ashcroft sought out female legislators to provide their thoughts on the significance of the amendment. These quotes appear throughout the book, which residents can now find online at https://www.sos.mo.gov/bluebook/2019-2020.

The 1,444-page book was compiled, proofed and designed by the Communications and Publications division of the Secretary’s office, which includes — Julie Stegeman, Alyssa Harker, Jacob Schloss, Nick Omland and Randy Wright. 

The feature story on the 19th amendment was researched and written by staff members of the Missouri State Archives —  Amy Dinkins, Mary Stansfield, Kelsey Berryhill, Christina Miller, John Dougan, Sarah Norris, Brian Rogers, Rebecca Pursley and Shelly Croteau.

The 2019-2020 Official Manual will be published at a later date and made available for purchase, Ashcroft’s office said on Tuesday.