Source Information

Ancestry.com. U.S., Identification Card Files of Prohibition Agents, 1920-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
Original data: Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Prohibition Unit (1920–04/01/1927). Identification Card Files of Prohibition Agents, 1920–1925. Records of the Internal Revenue Service, 1791–2006, Record Group 58. The National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

About U.S., Identification Card Files of Prohibition Agents, 1920-1925

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 interrupting the trafficking of bootleg alcoholic beverages. This collection 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 historical newspapers on Ancestry.com or Newspapers.com during that period. Agents often made the news for raids and arrests.