REFERENCE RESOURCES FOR "HOW IT WORKED"
The research and writing of this book took
over 11 years to complete. Several resources were utilized in
its production. Resources of the following Archival Centers
and private collections were used:
at the General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous, NYC
at the Stepping Stones Foundation, Bedford Hills, NY
at the Cleveland Central Office of Alcoholics Anonymous, Cleveland,
at Dr. Bob's Home (Founders Foundation), Akron, OH
Rockefeller Archives, North Tarrytown, NY
Archival Collections and Repositories. Most notably, these are:
collection of Charlie Bishop, Jr. in Wheeling, W VA
collection of Merton M. in Summit, NJ
collection of Wally P. in Phoenix, AZ
collection of Danny Whitmore and Denise Kline-Whitmore in Lancaster,
Clarence H. Snyder Memorial Archival Collection, part of which
was given to the author by Clarence H. Snyder. Also included
is the archival collection of the author. This collection consists,
in part, of the following:
hundred pieces of early correspondence from early prospective
members and/or their families, friends of the fellowship, and
early members covering over 30 states and beginning in the late
1930's through the mid- 1980's, some of whom include:
Borton, Margaret B., Jim B., Warren C., Grace Cultice, Harry
D., Norman C.E., Emmet Fox, Samuel F. G., Leonard V. Harrison,
Ruth Hock, Bill V.H., Rev. Dilworth Lupton, Irwin M., Dorothy
S.M., Henry G. P., Charles S., Carl S., Doherty S., Royal S.,
Henrietta Seiberling, Dr. Bob Smith, Anne Smith, Selma Snyder,
Arch T., Glen W., Bill Wilson, and Roy Y.
Cleveland, OH. Group histories compiled by Norman C.E. - Recording
Statistician of the Cleveland Central Committee. These were
filled out by the original group secretaries between April -
June 1942 and constitute the history of the first 29 groups
in Cleveland, OH.
100 historical documents relating to the Cleveland Central Committee
and its predecessor, the AA Association. These documents include
committee minutes, bulletins to all groups, and correspondence.
first twelve year's issues of the Cleveland Central Bulletin,
AA's first newsletter. This includes correspondence from Harry
D., one of the first co-editors of the Bulletin.
100 early Cleveland area meeting rosters showing member's names,
addresses and phone numbers. The earliest roster in the collection
is a typed listing from the late summer of 1939 from the original
Cleveland Group ( The G. Group). The list includes Warren C.,
Abby G., Dr. R.H. Smith, and Clarence H. Snyder.
100 pamphlets from the original "AA" pamphlet of 1940 through
to the early 1980's. The collection includes several early Cleveland
pamphlets, Washington, D.C. pamphlets from the mid- 1940's,
and the early Akron AA pamphlets.
300 books. Included are several printing's of the First Edition
of Alcoholics Anonymous. All 16 printing's of the Second Edition
of Alcoholics Anonymous. Approximately 30 printing's of the
Third Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous. A copy of Clarence's
copy of the Original Manuscript of Alcoholics Anonymous. A Harper's
First Edition of Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions and Alcoholics
Anonymous Comes of Age, as well as many other AA publications.
Also Included are most of the early spiritual books read by
the early AA members. Some authors of these books include: James
Allen, T.S. Arthur, Harold Begbie, Lewis Browne, Frank N.D.
Buchman, Oswald Chambers, Glenn Clark, Henry Drummond, Stephen
Foot, Harry Emerson Fosdick, Emmet Fox, E. Stanley Jones, V.C.
Kitchen, A.J. Russell, Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker, and Robert
E. Speer. Also included are several of the more recent books
relating to AA's history, both "Conference Approved," and non-conference
and materials relating to the first unofficial "International"
AA convention held in Cleveland in 1945 to commemorate the 10th
anniversary of the founding of AA. There were over 3400 members
in attendance from more than 30 states and Canada. Also included
is material relating to the first official "International" convention
in Cleveland and several other of the subsequent Internationals.
30 pieces of correspondence and materials relating to the "Orthodox
Movement" of the early 1950's. These include letters from Bill
V.H., Henrietta Seiberling, and Royal S.
collection also includes several hundred flyers, cards, and
other early memorabilia relating to the growth of AA. Also Included
are several early magazines such as Liberty, Life, and The Saturday
Evening Post with articles about the Oxford Group and AA.
100 early photographs of Clarence, and most of the original
writers of the Big Book.
400 audio cassette tapes. These include several of the people
whose stories are included in the book, Alcoholics Anonymous,
leads from around the United States and abroad, archival interviews,
and early friends of the AA movement. Approximately 100 of these
tapes are of Clarence's leads, and archival interviews.
50 newspaper clippings with articles relating to Alcoholics
Anonymous dating back to 1940.
50 pages of Clarence's handwritten notes for talks he gave to
AA groups, civic and social organizations. These date from the