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Paul Toelle Papers, 1917-1963

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Identifier: A2943

Title: Paul Toelle Papers, 1917-1963


Paul E. Toelle was born November 20, 1888, in Missouri, and was a Federal Prohibition Agent during the era of United States Prohibition. After the abolition of Prohibition in 1933, Toelle was transferred to the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms unit of the Department of Treasury where he worked as an Alcohol Tax Administrator until he retired in 1953. Toelle resided at various addresses in St. Louis County, Missouri with his wife, Mrs. Mabel Burrows Toelle, and two daughters. He died August 12, 1973, in St. Louis.

The Paul E. Toelle Papers contains circulars, notes, letters, and publications pertaining to Paul E. Toelle’s work as a Federal Prohibition Agent and his education to become an agent. Post-Prohibition materials are included from Toelle’s position as an Alcohol Tax Unit Administrator. The papers regarding his career as a Prohibition Agent include folders of notes on his raids, daily reports, circulars regarding rules and regulations for Prohibition Agents and Alcohol Tax Administrators, and Toelle’s correspondence regarding his jobs and positions. The notes on raids provide information on the location of the raid, the liquor that was found, and the people involved. A detailed list of the raids can be found at the end of this inventory. The papers regarding his schooling to become an agent include folders of material on Constitution and Laws, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Procedure, Enforcement Law, Extension Courses, Prohibition, and class notes.

3 boxes; 1 oversize folder

Cite as: Paul Toelle Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1917-1963

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts


Subjects: Prohibition
Law enforcement


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