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Periodical The Negro motorist Green-book Green Book

[ 1946 ]

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  • The Negro motorist Green-book

Other Title

  • Green Book


  • An annual guidebook for African-American roadtrippers founded and published by New York City mailman Victor Hugo Green from 1936 to 1967. From a New York-focused first edition published in 1936, Green expanded the work to cover much of North America. The Green Book became "the bible of black travel" during the era of Jim Crow laws, when open and often legally prescribed discrimination against African Americans and other non-whites was widespread. Green wrote this guide to identify services and places relatively friendly to African-Americans so they could find lodgings, businesses, and gas stations that would serve them along the road. It was little known outside the African-American community. Shortly after passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed the types of racial discrimination that made the Green Book necessary, publication ceased and it fell into obscurity.

Created / Published

  • New York City : V.H. Green,


  • -  African Americans--Travel--United States--Guidebooks
  • -  Automobile travel--United States--Guidebooks
  • -  Hotels--United States--Directories
  • -  Tourist camps, hostels, etc--United States--Directories
  • -  Bars (Drinking establishments)--United States--Directories
  • -  Restaurants--United States--Directories
  • -  African Americans--Travel
  • -  Automobile travel
  • -  Bars (Drinking establishments)
  • -  Hotels
  • -  Restaurants
  • -  Tourist camps, hostels, etc
  • -  United States


  • Directories
  • Guidebooks


  • -  Began with 1936. Ceased with 1951.
  • -  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
  • -  1942 ed.; title from cover.
  • -  Negro travelers' green book (OCoLC)15668758


  • volumes : illustrations ; 17 cm

Call Number/Physical Location

  • E185.86 .T73

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2016298176

OCLC Number

  • 8758793

Online Format

  • image
  • pdf

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Chicago citation style:

The Negro motorist Green-book. New York City: V.H. Green, 1936. Periodical.

APA citation style:

(1936) The Negro motorist Green-book. New York City: V.H. Green. [Periodical] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

The Negro motorist Green-book. New York City: V.H. Green, 1936. Periodical. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.