We are gathered here because we are faced with the
fact that we are powerless over alcohol and unable
to do anything about it without the help of a Power
greater than ourselves.......
in AA's History -An extensive Flowchart
from 1864 to present. -by Archie M.
Narrative Timeline Of AA History -Arthur
S., Northeast Texas Area Archives has built upon Archie
M's original Timeline file and is still growing -
1774 to 2003. Converted to html with Arthur's permission.
There is to much information to list here.
html file (758 kb)
version (327 kb)
doc version (1.18 mb)
of Events of Interest to Members Of The Fellowship
of Alcoholics Anonymous -by Miles M.
AA’s First Five Years -Lois W., wife
of AA’s co-founder, Bill W., recalls the time in AA
when there were few members and no Big Book.
In The Book Titled, "Alcoholics Anonymous"
If you go to enough meetings, you'll hear it said
that in AA, "there are no MUSTs, only suggestions".
Well, like most half-truths in A.A., if you hear them
long enough you begin to believe them. But what does
the Program have to say about this?
A Talk by Bob E.,
Shortly, before his death, Bob E. shared with some
members of the Upstate Group of All Addicts Anonymous,
the following recollection of what AA was like when
he first joined.
-by Father Edward (Ed) Dowling
This is an article written by Father Ed Dowling in
a column he had in The Queen's Work Magazine Dated:
June 1945, page 13. Father Dowling had his own cloumn
in this magazine.
Ignatia Gavin and A.A. -Sister Ignatia
Gavin, a tiny Irish-American nun, helped initiate
medical treatment for alcoholics in Akron, Ohio at
Hock's recollections -AA's 1st Secretary,
letter to Bill W., her recollections of A.A. in the
beginning, transcribed from an original document,
dated November 10, 1955.
Hock's recollections -A copy of Ruth's
type written letter to Bill W. in .pdf format.
Letter From Bill W. on Depression -from
the memoirs of Tom P., an early California AA member.
(*Aslo see: The
Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety, an
AA Grapevine Article dated, January 1958, which is
strikingly similar to this letter from Bill W. on
Law and Alcoholics Anonymous -by Tom
P. Jr., ©1993. Due to the file size of this article,
it is presented here in four parts. All four parts
will be linked together at the bottom of each page
by part # & title.
W.'s letter to Dr. Carl Gustav Jung -Dated
January 23, 1961, a well overdue letter, as Bill put
Carl Jung's Letter To Bill W. -Dated
January 30, 1961, In reply to Bill's letter above
thats dated January 23, 1961. (Dr.
Wilson's Meeting at Henrietta Sieberling's House
....I agreed to speak but felt that it would mean
most to them to hear some of her own words, so I called
her on the telephone and asked her to tell me about
the origins of Alcoholics Anonymous so that I could
make sure my remarks were accurate. I made a tape
recording of the conversation and played part of it
at the .....
Wilson - Burwell Letters -For quite a
few years, Bill
W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous,
B., author of the 2nd and 3rd edition
personal story in the Big Book titled: "Vicious Cycle",
communicated via written correspondence between 1947
Drunks OnlyOne Man's Reactions to Alcoholics
Anonymous -by Richmond W.author
of "Twenty-four Hours a Day." For Drunks
Only was originally published in 1945.
Impact of Alcoholism -Bill W.'s Testimony
before The Special Subcommittee July, 1969. Present:
Senators Hughes, Yarborough, Williams, Javits, Dominick,
C.'s Testimony Before a U.S. Senate Subcommittee
-September 27, 1969. Present: Senators Hughes, (presiding),
Dominick, and Saxbe [members of the Subcommittee]. Also
present: Senators Cranston and Murphy [both Senators
story behind these Four books signed by Chuck C. and
Clancy I. -by Ken R. -This was
sent to me by Ken R. about when he attended the annual
A.A. Gratitude Roundup in Diamondhead, Mississippi on
November 28th, 2009. Clancy I. wrote the
Preface to Chuck's book, "A New Pair of Glasses," and
Ken was thrilled that he would finally go to hear him
speak and he being able to speak with him in person.
J. R. -"Matt R. is one of my heroes,
one who, following his recovery from alcoholism, made
a significant contribution to the field of alcoholism."
Paul's Interview -Dr.
Paul's story 'Doctor,
Alcoholic, Addict' was published in the
Third Edition of the Big Book; his remarks on acceptance,
which appear on pages 449 and 450, have been helpful
to many AA members over the years. This interview was
conducted by telephone to Dr. Paul's home in California.
Summary: Ask It Bask It - General Service
Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous - 1951-1978 (The
Ask-It-Basket was a part of the General Service Conference
from 1951 to 1985. Sessions ran from 3 to 6 one hour
sessions during the couse of the Conference. The idea
behind it was that a person seeking information or opinions
on a specific subject could place an unsigned question
in the Ask-It-Basket, in the main meeting room.
The Conference produced
a summary of the Ask-It-Basket questions in 1979 and
this document is contained in the file 1951-1979.
Summary: Ask It Bask It - General Service
Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous - 1979-1985
Harry M. Tiebout, MD -A strong supporter
of A.A. throughout his life, he consistently worked
for acceptance of his views concerning alcoholism the
medical and psychiatric professions. He served on the
Board of Trustees for A.A. from 1957 to 1966, and was
chairman of the National Council on Alcoholism in 1950.
Story of Irma Livoni -As related by Matt
M., a sponsee of Sybil
C. and a copy of a letter to Irma Livoni
from the Los Angeles AA Group dated, Dec. 6th, 1941,
kicking Irma out of A.A. Irma never returned to A.A.
and died of alcoholism. A copy of the original letter
was sent to me, some time back, by the owner of the
original letter about the first women to get kicked
out of A.A. The letter is dated December 6th, 1941.