Temperance and Prohibition Movement, 1830-1933

Discover the records and publications of one of the most influential forces for social reform during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Temperance and Prohibition Movement attracted wide public support through several important organizations who eventually succeeded in placing a national prohibition amendment in the Constitution.

With access to 500,000+ pages of historical records, this is one of the largest collections of Temperance and Prohibition materials in the world.

  • Learn about the principal organizations which sought to reduce and ultimately to eliminate the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States.
  • Discover the part Westerville, Ohio played in the movement.
  • Delve into the role of the Anti-Saloon League – headquartered where the Westerville Public Library now stands - who used marketing and campaigning savvy to persuade the nation to vote themselves dry.

This collection was digitized in partnership with the Ohio History Connection, ProQuest, University of Michigan, and Women's Christian Temperance Union archives.

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What You Get

  • Records of organizations, including: Prohibition Party, Women's Christian Temperance Union, Ohio Anti-Saloon League, Anti-Saloon League of America, American Issue Publishing Company, and World League Against Alcoholism
  • Archives and papers of individuals, including: Ernest Hurst Cherrington, Francis Scott McBride, Howard Hyde Russell, and Thomas Justin Steuart
  • Periodicals, including: American Issue, American Patriot, National Daily, New Republic, and Union Signal
  • and more...

This collection highlights the active role played by women in the Temperance Movement placing it within the context of national and international temperance efforts.

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