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Global Alcoholics Anonymous History Project
Area's A.A. History—What, When, Why, How, and Where
questions in this questionnaire are only 'possible suggestions'
of what might be considered for inclusion in your Area AA
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A.A. Area History Project
Group Name:______________________________________ Area/District:_______________
Town, City, County, State, Country, Province, Territory,
Group identification number (if known):_____________________
Themes Others Have Covered in Their
City-wide, Area, State, Country Histories
Due to trying to cover more than a single group, these tend
to have a bit different focus. No one has covered ALL the
areas noted below in their history. So you may need to consider
which might be appropriate for the history you are writing.
There do seem to be two general approaches - one covering
only 'early' history and the other trying to be more comprehensive,
including 'early till today'.
are always nice! either to articles in the press, documents
in local archives, correspondence with GSO or first names
of members providing the information
-came to be there at that time?
-How they first heard about AA?
-if mention is made of other methods
founders tried to get sober ... try to be factual and
brief, rather than critical
Connections or help from AA outside the area?
-correspondence with GSO,
-contact with traveling members or
Early members contributions?
Non alcoholic 'friends of AA'?
-spouses, doctors, legal professionals,
-early 12 Step work.
- to doctors, hospitals, jails &
prisons, clergy etc.
"Slice of Life"?
-descriptions of what early meetings
-how members related? Sometimes called
-formal meetings and fellowship.
-changes from member homes or business
to rented space.
-about AA there,
-that helped bring AA there (ex. Liberty,
Sat. Evening Post)
-evolution of early groups and membership.
-current number of groups and members
Relations with entities outside AA?
-doctors, hospitals, treatment places,
Alcohol Councils, legal community, etc.
Establishment of service offices?
-Central Committee or Office, Intergroup,
Participation in Assemblies, Forums, Conferences and
Contributions to AA as a whole?
-pamphlets, newsletters, prayers,
-current customs adopted on a general
Local customs observed?
Any "AA First's"?
-other 'bragging rights'
Clubs? Recovery Houses and Farms?
Anniversaries, Banquets, holidays, dances, "Open to the
General Public" meetings, etc
Visits by co-founders?
Notable adversities overcome?
cited as used in one article:
should come from reliable sources:
members who were a part of the group
at the time,
and newspaper articles.
Some of the stories are either remembered or written
many years after the event.
Memories fade and exact dates, even years, tend to merge
Therefore, in your history, only events that were documented
at the time they happened should be presented as hard
All else, including after-the-fact accounts, should be
cited as stories.
This policy should be particularly adhered to concerning
public events such as meetings, locations, and dates.
Some stories are certainly true, and probably most
of them are based in some degree on fact.