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An 1878 View of The Washingtonians
- Article from book "The Temperance Reform and its Great Reformers." The Washingtonians was an early predecessor of AA which faded away.
An A.A. History Archive
- A collection of articles and letters relating to the early history of Alcoholics Anonymous.
A.A. History Buffs
- Collection of articles and resources by various AA historians including moderator Nancy Olson. Forum was replaced in 2002 by "A.A. History Lovers" due to a technical problem.
A.A. History Lovers
- A discussion group for those interested in the history of Alcoholics Anonymous. Replaced the earlier History Buffs group.
AA Grapevine on Early Groups
- Collection of articles 1944-48 about activities of groups as they formed. Complete Grapevine text. From the History Lovers archives. ["Next" "Previous" scrolls more]
AA History and Trivia
- A sober web site for recovering alcoholics. Questions and answers on AA History and other fun for members of Alcoholics Anonymous and their friends.
AA History from Cybriety.org
- Scores of articles, letters, and pictures about the development of Alcoholics Anonymous.
AA Holy Grail - Big Book Master Copy
- New owner of draft manuscript of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous will make it available for AA historians and researchers. Many editing notations show suggested changes that were and were not made.
AA Original Manuscript Up for Auction
- Final marked-up manuscript of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous sold at auction. History group participant describes some significant edits that had been considered.
Alcoholics Anonymous History and Archive Custom Search
- Site simplifies searching for AA history. Results are limited to sites most likely to provide useful information. Search the top sites quickly.
Alcoholics Anonymous History in Oceania
- Includes a map showing all the islands in this Pacific region.
Alcoholics Anonymous History in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
- A Brief History of A.A. in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands (Oceania), including meeting information.
Alcoholics Anonymous in Bristol and the West of England
- Brief history of how AA came to Bristol, England, and spread from there.
Australian AA History
- Tells of the start and growth of Alcoholics Anonymous in Australia (1942 thru 1999).
Big Book Early Manuscript
- This early draft of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous was written before the manuscript that was distributed for review.
Bill W Obituary
- New York Times News Service article on the passing of A.A. co-founder Bill W on Sunday, January 24, 1971.
Bill's Original Story
- This early draft of Bill's Story differed substantially from the final version that appeared in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The Care of Alcoholics
- A 1951 article by Sister Ignatia about how she and Dr Bob and other A.A. members worked together at St Thomas Hospital in Akron, Ohio. One ward was dedicated to the work of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Catholic Asceticism and the Twelve Steps
- Father Ed Dowling 1953 article gives a Catholic view of Alcoholics Anonymous. Compares it to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
Christian or Occult Roots?
- The authors suggest that AA did not originate in Christianity since it has never required members to believe in Christ crucified.
Circle and Triangle Logo
- What happened to the triangle in the circle? History of why this symbol was removed from Alcoholics Anonymous publications in 1993.
Contempt Prior to Investigation
- William Paley, not Herbert Spencer, wrote about "contempt prior to investigation [examination]" as mis-attributed in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Research by Michael StGeorge in "Survival of a Fitting Quotation." [Also available as PDF]
Diagnostic Criteria for Alcohol Abuse and Dependence
- Formal definitions of alcoholism, alcohol abuse, and alcohol dependence are updated over time. This paper follows them from Jellinek's 1941 work to today's DSM-IV criteria.
Dr Harry Tiebout Papers
- Dr. Harry M. Tiebout, a psychiatrist, was an early supporter of Alcoholics Anonymous. These papers are an important part of A.A. history.
Dr. Bob's House in Akron
- Alcoholics Anonymous started in Akron, Ohio, in 1935. Tours of 855 Ardmore Avenue are available.
Dr. Robert Smith Archives at Brown University
- The collection of correspondence, meeting notes and books of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Dr. Robert H. Smith has been acquired by Brown University and will be made available to researchers interested in the origins of 12-step recovery programs.
Early A.A. Growth
- Posting from AA History Lovers summarizes sources of information about growth of earliest groups.
First Edition Big Book Stories
- List of stories and authors in First (1939), Second (1955), and Third (1975) Editions of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Complete text of all First Edition stories including one from the draft manuscript (1938) not in the published book.
For Drunks Only
- Preface to "For Drunks Only" gives history of that book as well as the popular "Twenty-Four Hours a Day" meditation book.
The History of Alcoholics Anonymous
- Historical writings, documents, letters, events, people, places and references through-out the history of Alcoholics Anonymous.
In AA's First Five Years
- An AA Grapevine article from 1967 by Lois W offers a bit of Alcoholics Anonymous history including how Al-Anon was started.
The Jack Alexander Article
- "Alcoholics Anonymous" by Jack Alexander, Saturday Evening Post, March 1, 1941. This resulted in a major growth of AA.
The Lord's Prayer
- Letter from AA co-founder Bill W about the custom of using this prayer to close an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
A Manual for Alcoholics Anonymous - 1940
- A Manual for Alcoholics Anonymous From AA Group No. 1, Akron, Ohio, 1940 - Dr. Bob's Home Group
Oxford Group Books
- PDF downloads of "Soul Surgery" and "What Is the Oxford Group?" and "I Was a Pagan." Alcoholics Anonymous is a descendent of the Oxford Groups.
The Oxford Group Connection
- An article about the Oxford Group and its influence in the early history of Alcoholics Anonymous. Focuses on events from 1908 through the founding of AA in 1935. This version has intro' about Frank Buchman.
People in AA History
- An interwoven web of the people mentioned in Alcoholics Anonymous literature, who they are and how they fit in
A Photographic Journey Through AA History
- Photographs of pioneers of Alcoholics Anonymous and important places and documents.
Photographs from AA History
- A collection from the early days of Alcoholics Anonymous with a few more recent pictures.
Pioneers of Alcoholics Anonymous (1934 - 1939)
- List of those who achieved some degree of sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous prior to publication of the Big Book. AA groups were in Akron, New York, and Cleveland at the time.
- Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper articles on Alcoholics Anonymous. Elrick Davis, October 1939. Took AA beyond mere word of mouth.
Preserving the History of Alcoholics Anonymous
- Describes the Kirk Collection on AA at Brown University. Includes history of colonial and revolutionary temperance movements, Prohibition and repeal, and more modern studies of alcohol and alcoholism that emphasize Alcoholics Anonymous.
The Serenity Prayer - Origins In England and Germany
- The Serenity Prayer is often attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr. This article in "Respectfully Quoted" traces it to 14th England and 18th century Germany.
- The writings, articles, letters and documents of Dr. William Duncan Silkworth, M.D. -also known as Silky.
Some Early Sobriety Mementos
- Photos of some early tokens marking various periods of sobriety in AA. These led to the chips that some groups still use today.
- Historic home of Bill and Lois Wilson, co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon. Bedford Hills part of Katonah, New York. Tour the grounds and museum. Volunteer. Donate. By the Stepping Stones Foundation.
Success Rates in Early A.A.
- Alcoholics Anonymous still works for alcoholics who want to stop drinking and who really try. Numbers look different because early AA prescreened candidates. Examples.
Sue Smith Windows Memorial Book
- Obituary and funeral card of the daughter of Doctor Bob, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. February 15, 1918 to February 9, 2002.
The Survival of a Fitting Quotation
- Researcher traces the origin of the "contempt prior to investigation" quote to William Paley (1743-1845). The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous credited it to Herbert Spencer (1820-1903). [PDF format]
The Third Step and Your Prayer
- Examples of prayers in use prior to publication of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Time Line on Development of the Twelve Steps
- Traces the Twelve Steps of AA from 19th century revivalists through the Oxford Groups and Alcoholics Anonymous to multiple views of today.
Tombstone at Winchester Cathedral
- Photograph of the tombstone which is quoted on Page 1 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Tombstone of Thomas Thetcher
- The inscription on this tombstone at Winchester Cathedral is quoted in "Bill's Story" in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Twelve Step History
- Several articles about AA and the Twelve Steps collected by Serenity Found.
The Wilson House
- The birthplace and childhood home of Bill W, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous in East Dorset, Vermont. Brief biography. Tour of the house. Schedule of AA and Al-Anon meetings.
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