RECORD GROUP 14: LIQUOR CONTROL
The Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control functions as a department of the County government and exercises monopoly control over the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages in the County. In this sense it shares the rights and privileges the "control" states, having been granted the authority to purchase all wines and liquors directly from the manufacturers by the Maryland Courts in 1955. The Liquor Control Board was established in December 1933, following the end of nationwide Prohibition and a fifty-three year period of prohibition in the County. The Board controlled the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages and served as the Board of License Commissioners. In 1951 the Annotated Code of Maryland assigned the powers of the Liquor Control Board to the newly established Department of Liquor Control, and retained the Board of License Commissioners as a separate entity with the authority to issue licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages and to carry out inspection and enforcement activities. Initially the Department operated seven stores and generated total net sales of about $5.6 million. Today the Department provides wholesale distribution of alcoholic beverages to twenty-one retail stores.
General processing procedures consisted of discarding duplicates, unnecessary binders, and routine transmittals. Oversized documents and photographs were removed from the original location in their assigned series and placed in separate containers. Separation sheets were inserted in the original location within the folder to indicate the new location of any records placed elsewhere.
The collection was culled from various accessions of printed material.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The collection comprises 0.66 cubic feet of material dating from 1952 to 1981. It includes a brochure offering a historical perspective on the Department of Liquor Control, a report on the system used by the Department to control operations, and some versions of the County alcoholic beverage laws from 1952 to 1960.
Records are arranged in chronological order and alphabetically within each year.
Alcoholic Beverages Laws, Montgomery County, Maryland, 1952
Alcoholic Beverages Laws, Montgomery County, Maryland, 1958
Alcoholic Beverages Laws, Montgomery County, Maryland, 1961
Financial Statements and Supplementary Information Year Ended June 30, 1969, 1961
Laws on Alcoholic Beverages, 
FY 80 Budget Request, 1978
FY 1981 Operating Budget, 1979
29 Years of Responsible Service to Montgomery County, Maryland, 1980
Audit Committee Report on the Operations Review of the Montgomery County Department
of Liquor Control, 1981
Cost Comparison of DLC (Department Liquor Control) With Those of Other Jurisdictions
That Control Sales of Alcoholic Beverages, 1981
Department of Liquor Control System Requirements, Volume I (2 folders), 1981
Department of Liquor Control System Requirements, Volume II (3 folders), 1981
Report on Findings Related to a Review of the Special Consultant's Study of Department of
Liquor Control Practices, 1981
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