majority of alcoholics that attend present day meetings of Alcoholics
Anonymous have little more than a nodding acquaintance with the
rich and colorful tradition that is AA. From our co-founders early
ties to the Rockefeller Foundation to the White House ceremony where
the One Millionth Big Book was presented to then president Richard M.
Nixon, Alcoholics Anonymous has a past unlike any other
organization. My hope is that you enjoy the information posted on this
page and come away with a deeper appreciation of the enormity of the
greatest miracle of modern times - Alcoholics Anonymous.
below, you will find links to an abundance of written correspondence
generated when AA was very much in it's adolescence. AA,
recognized as the most significant miracle in the 20th century has a
past unlike any organization. Membership in this organization
has come at a high cost to most members. A cost not measured
purely in dollars, but a cost measured in lost lives, lost loved ones,
lost hopes, and lost dreams.
The magnificent reality that is current day AA is a restorer of lost
lives, a generator of life, and as Bill W. so eloquently said,
" AA is much more in reality than a generator of mere
sobriety, it is returning us to citizenship of the world."
Our hope is that you enjoy this walk though AA History.
the Church has to learn from AA, Sam Shoemaker -- c. 1955.
- BILL WILSON U.S. SENATE
- Bill W's Pearl
- People in AA History
of Events Related to AA
- Alcoholics Anonymous in Bristol and
the West of England
- Readers Digest Article, January
1946, pp. 31-34
- Book Reviews Of the Big Book, Alcoholics
- Chronology of Dr.
- Meaning of the AA Symbol-
- Boston Globe Article
About AA, 1990
- Big Book Marketing
- Early Manuscript of the
Review, 4th Edition Big Book by Florida Catholic Newspaper
AA History- Information By Dick B.
- Akron A.A. Pioneers- Information By
- The Oxford Group and AA- Information
by Dick B.
- Anne Ripley Smith, wife
of Dr. Bob, Mother and Co-Founder of A.A.- Information
by Dick B.
- Proposed Dust Jacket for the
Original Big Book
- Dr. Bob's Prescription
- The Wilson-Jung
- TIME Magazine Article, July 11, 1960
Minneapolis Sobriety Percentage Records
- Saturday Evening Post
- Saturday Evening Post
Article by Jack Alexander- 1941
- A Talk by Dr. Bob, December 1948
- Cleveland Central
Bulletin November 1942
- Vintage ORIGINAL
Massachusetts Newsletters- 1970's
- How the Big Book
Was Put Together- Bill W.
- Family Circle Article,
- The Cleveland
- Gabriel Heatter radio broadcast of April
Magazine Article about Bill Wilson
- The Silkworth Papers
- Saturday Evening
Post Article May 1960
- Ebby Thatcher's Eulogy, by Bill W.
- The Nixon Letters
- AA Membership Estimate, 1940
THE CHRISTIAN CENTURY, February 22, 1950
- "Why We Were Chosen"
- Dr. Silkworth on "Slips"
Wilson's 1947 Guideposts Article
Committee on Alcoholism Annual Meeting March 30, 1956
1940's Philadelphia "Intro To AA" Pamphlet
Irish Ecclesiastical Record, March 1950 re: AA
Catholic Contribution to the 12-Step Movement
1st AA Newspaper Article 1940
W. & Dr. Bob on Vinyl Records
Asceticism and the Twelve Steps-Reverend Edward Dowling
- AA and The Oxford Group
- Grapevine 1955
Article about Chips
- Catholic Digest AA Article,
Article, November 9, 1957
Saturday Evening Post Article, July/ August 1985
Cybriety September 11th Statement
January 2002, Boston Globe Article about the
Dr. Bob's Daughter, Sue Smith Windows Obituary
Lois Wilson's 1944 Grapevine
2002 Founders Day Article, Cleveland
July 1945 Grapevine Sponsorship
The Wilson- Burwell Letters
For almost 20 years, Bill Wilson and Jim
Burwell (Big Book author 2nd and 3rd edition "Vicious
Cycle" ) communicated via written correspondence. Here, in
part are the Wilson-Burwell Letters.
from Bill Wilson to Jim Burwell, December 11, 1947
- Letter from Jim Burwell to Bill Wilson, January
from Bill Wilson to the Burwell's, December 15, 1950
from Bill Wilson to Burwell's, August 31, 1951
from Bill Wilson to the Burwell's, November 24, 1953
from Jim Burwell to Bill Wilson, January 27, 1957
from Bill Wilson to the Burwell's, March 20, 1957
from Bill Wilson to the Burwell's, April 3, 1958
from Bill Wilson to Jim Burwell, July 1, 1958
from Bill Wilson to Burwell's, May 24, 1960
from Bill Wilson to the Burwell's, August 8, 1960
from Bill Wilson to the Burwell's, August 2, 1961
from Bill Wilson to Jim Burwell, November 14, 1961
from Bill Wilson to the Burwell's, August 29, 1962
from Jim Burwell to Bill Wilson, May 15, 1965
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