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Dear Mr. Melendez,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Class 23 (Liquor Violations) Litigation Case Files and Enclosures, 1910 - 1970 in the General Records of the Department of Justice (Record Group 60) and 3 file units in the series General Records, 1920 - 1934 in the Records of the Internal Revenue Service (Record Group 58). These records may include information about rum production and smuggling in Puerto Rico during the 1920s and 1930s in cases where U.S. Federal law enforcement became involved. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at Archives2reference@nara.gov.
In addition, we located 36 items concerning rum within the file unit Puerto Rico from the series National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program Records in the Records of the National Park Service (Record Group 79) which may include information regarding rum production sites in Puerto Rico. These records have been digitized and are available for review online via the National Archives Catalog. For more information regarding these digitized records please contact the National Archives at College Park - Electronic Records (RDE) at email@example.com.
We also located the series Criminal Case Files, 1922 - 1996, Criminal Dockets, 1900 - 1993, and Territorial District Court Case Files, 1900 - 1940 created by the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico in the Records of District Courts of the United States (Record Group 21). These series may include further information regarding the prosecution of persons accused of alcohol production and smuggling during the Prohibition era. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at Kansas City (RM-KC) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thanks so much!