With the enactment of the Volstead Act in 1920, Prohibition agents were called upon to do the often unpopular work of enforcing the law, which included shutting down speakeasies and stills and intercepting shipments of bootleg alcoholic beverages.
This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) contains identification card files for prohibition agents, prohibition inspectors, prohibition directors, warehouse agents, narcotics agents, and narcotics inspectors in the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s Prohibition Unit. Each card includes the date, agent’s name, photograph, residence (city or town), and title.
If you determine that your ancestor was a Prohibition agent, check our online version of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper during that period. Agents often made the news for raids and arrests. You can also use the Browse feature on the Newspapers.com website, which will return snippets of articles of likely interest.
You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or our branches.
You can use the historic St. Louis Post-Dispatch reference database from home if you have a valid Library Card and PIN.