National Historical Publications & Records Commission

Temperance and Prohibition Papers

(Microfilm Edition)

Ohio Historical Society

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The Temperance and Prohibition Papers are the papers (1830-1933) of the principal persons and organizations that sought to reduce and ultimately to eliminate the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States. This important collection of organizational and personal papers includes minutes, financial records, publicity files, correspondence, legal briefs, Congressional Bills and publications opening up to researchers the political strategies, internal operations and propaganda techniques of the leading temperance and prohibition organizations over more than a hundred years. The documents are in the custody of the Ohio Historical Society, the Michigan Historical Collections, and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.

416 reels in 21 series, 379-page guide


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A page from the “The National Temperance Alphabet: Twenty-six pen picture studies of the drink problem,” published in 1906 by Thomas R. Thompson. Courtesy of Wright

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