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Primary Sources for African American History

The Green Book (PDF Books and Information)



According to the New York Public Library: “The Green Book was a travel guide published between 1936 and 1966 that listed hotels, restaurants, bars, gas stations, etc. where black travelers would be welcome.”


The intro to the original edition of the Green Book reads: "With the introduction of this travel guide in 1936, it has been our idea to give the Negro traveler information that will keep him from running into difficulties, embarrassments and to make his trips more enjoyable."


Many editions of the Green Book have been digitized and published in full online. See below for links to images and pages from this critical  African American travel and safety guide.