Alcoholics Anonymous & History of AA

 Last updated:
 
August 07, 2013



Alcoholics Anonymous History

A List of A.A. History Sites - Updated Regularly

Early Alcoholics Anonymous Resource Contacts

 Speakers

 Mel B., Toledo, Ohio
Bill B., Wyoming, Delaware
Dick B., Kihei, Hawaii
Steve F., Altamonte Springs, Florida
Ray G., Newton Falls, Ohio
Mitch K., Washingtonville, New York
Karen P., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bill P., Minnesota
Veronica R., Woodland, California

 Writers and Some Key Titles

 Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age – A.A. Conference Approved

Mel B. – New Wine; My Search for Bill W.; Ebby; Three Recovery Classics-  James Allen, Henry Drummond, St. Francis Prayer; Walk in Dry  Places, and others

Dick B. – The Good Book and The Big Book, The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous, New Light on Alcoholism, Anne Smith’s    Journal, Dr. Bob and His Library, Why Early A.A. Succeeded, Good   Morning, The James Club, The Akron Genesis of A.A., Turning Point, Twelve Steps for You, and others

Charles Bufe – Alcoholics Anonymous: Cult or Cure?, and others

Cheever, Susan, Bill W.

Glenn Chesnut – The Higher Power

Mary Darrah – Sister Ignatia, Angel of Alcoholics Anonymous

DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers – A.A. Conference Approved

Robert Fitzgerald, S. J. – The Soul of Sponsorship

Steve F., Dale R., Jack R. – Our Faith Community Legacy (Clarence Snyder)

Francis Hartigan – Bill W.

Ketchum, Katherine et. al.  - Beyond The Influence

Mitch K. – How It Worked (Clarence Snyder and Cleveland)

Charlotte Hunter, et. al., Women Pioneers in Twelve Step Recovery

Richard K. – So You Think Drunks Can’t Be Cured?, The First Forty,  Separating Fact From Fiction

Ernest Kurtz – Not-God, The Collected Ernie Kurtz, The Spirituality of  Imperfection (with Kartherine Ketchum)

Garth Lean – Frank Buchman: A Life

Pass It On – A.A. Conference Approved

Wally Paton – Back to Basics, But for the Grace of God, How to Listen to God

Bill Pittman – AA The Way It Began, Courage to Change (with Dick B.),

Nan Robertson – Getting Well Inside Alcoholics Anonymous

Ken Ragge – The Real AA

Matthew J. Raphael – Bill W. and Mr. Wilson

Samuel Moor Shoemaker, Jr. – See the extensive and complete bibliography of Shoemaker’s titles, articles, pamphlets, sermons, and papers in Dick B., Making Known the Biblical History of A.A.; New Light on Alcoholism

Bob Smith and Sue Smith Windows – Children of the Healer

The Language of the Heart – A.A. Conference Approved

Robert Thomsen – Bill W.

Tom White – Bill W.

William White – Slaying the Dragon

Bill W. – Bill W. -- My  First 40 Years (autobiography)

Lois Wilson – Lois Remembers

Nell Wing – Grateful to Have Been There

Major Historical Collections

Ray G., archivist at Dr. Bob’s Home – traveling to conferences with his collection with summer situs in Ohio and winter situs in Florida

Dr. Bob’s Home, Akron

The Griffith House Library, Wilson House, East Dorset, Vermont

Dick B., Dr. Bob’s Library Collection, Kihei, Hawaii

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron (Dr. Bob’s church)

Stepping Stones, Bedford Hills, New York (Home of Bill and Lois Wilson)

Hazelden-Pittman Archives, Center City, Minnesota

Akron Intergroup Archives

Brown University – Chester Kirk Collection

Val and Veronica R. – Woodland, California

 History Websites

 (Dick B., List of A.A. History Sites;
http://www.dickb.com/aahistorysites.shtml)

 

Several Particularly Important A.A. History Web Sites
© 2005 by Dick B.

      Anonymousone.com
     
http://www.anonymousone.com/main.htm

 The History of Alcoholics Anonymous – Silkworth.net
 
http://silkworth.net/aahistory/preaa.html

 Alcoholics Anonymous & Alcoholics Anonymous History
 
http://www.dickb.com/index.shtml

 LD “P” Alcoholics Anonymous History and Recovery Pages
 
http://www.aabibliography.com/

 Chester’s Recovery Pages    
 
http://www.ckosulin.com/Recovery/

 Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington   
 
http://depts.washington.edu/adai/lib/bibs/tx_200b.htm

 Recovery Resources Online    
 
http://www.soberrecovery.com/links/alcoholicsanonymous.html

 Barefoot’s World Domain     
 
http://www.barefootsworld.net/aahistory.html

 Alcoholics Anonymous of Midland, Michigan   
 
http://www.midlandaa.org/

 Mental Health Matters – Articles
 
http://www.mental-health-matters.com/

 Religious Movements in the United StatesUniversity of Virginia Pages 
 
http://religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu/nrms/aa.html

 Virtual Religion Index – Rutgers
 
http://virtualreligion.net/vri/

 A List of A.A. History Sites 
 
http://www.dickb.com/aahistorysites.shtml

 Also check out Alcoholics Anonymous History on Google, Yahoo, MSN, Open Directory

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Information Please

What Alcoholics and Addicts Can Learn about A.A. History Today

Dick B.

© 2003. All Rights Reserved

When I began my search for A.A. history thirteen years ago, there were few available books, fewer facts, and even fewer resources available to fill in the huge gaps. Today we can be thankful for what the bursting and overflowing internet sites, search engines, and directories offer. A few are accurate. A few are censored. A few are distorted. A few are incomplete. A few are critical and yet highly useful. A few are downright misleading. Most omit any significant details on the spiritual history, roots, and sources of the pioneer program. Together, however, they represent an immense amount of hard work. Together they provide starting points for accurate research at the click of the mouse. Together they enable the search for the complete historical picture to go forward and save lives. And this article will merely point to some paths, rather than purporting to report the complete picture.

August 2013 Update to A List of AA History Sites:

 

AA History and Photos
http://www.ipass.net/a1idpirat/AAHistory.html

AA Research - Study
http://proagency.tripod.com/aa.html

Addiction Treatment Centers
http://www.addiction-treatment.com/

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute – University of Washington
http://depts.washington.edu/adai/lib/bibs/tx_200b.htm

Alcohol Awareness Council
http://www.alcohol.org/

Alcohol Information by Dr. Ruth Engs
http://www.indiana.edu/~engs

Alcoholics and God – Liberty Magazine Article
http://www.eskimo.com/~burked/history/liberty.html

Alcoholics Anonymous – History
http://www.ctclearinghouse.org

Henrietta Buckler Seiberling                   http://www3.uakron.edu/schlcomm/womenshistory/seiberling_h.htm

i-seek health – AA History
http://www.iseekhealth.com/history-93.php

Oxford Group Influences on AA – Updated History
http://www.prohibitionists.org/Related_Orgs/Oxford-Group-Influences-Oct-2003.htm

Recovery Links – York Street
http://www.orgsites.com/co/yorkstreetclub/

IRIS – Rutgers’ University Library Information System                https://www.iris.rutgers.edu/uhtbin/cgisirsi/?ps=kkPvkB0G4d/ALCOHOL/172550208/60/502/X

Religious Resources
http://www.religiousresources.org/directory/

The Addiction Rehabilitation Process
http://www.rehabs.com/about/the-addiction-rehabilitation-process/

The Pittsburgh Experiment – founded by Sam Shoemaker
http://www.pittsburghexperiment.org/

Triangle Club
http://www.triangleclub.org/links.html

Troubled Teen Programs
http://www.troubledteensprograms.com/

Twelve Steps for You
http://www.dickb.com/12StepsforYou.shtml

 

A.A. History

Informational Web Sites - with many many more that can be found on the search engines

Alcoholics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous History (Dick B., Hawaii)
http://www.dickb.com/index.shtml

Bible:
http://www.dickb.com/goodbook.shtml

Quiet Time and Meditation:
http://www.dickb.com/goodmorn.shtml

Anne Ripley Smith, Dr. Bob’s wife:
http://www.dickb.com/annesm.shtml

Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker, "co-founder": http://www.dickb.com/newlight.shtml

Oxford Group Life-changing Program: http://www.dickb.com/Oxford.shtml

Christian literature they read:
http://www.dickb.com/drbob.shtml
http://www.dickb.com/bks_read.shtml

Overviews:
http://www.dickb.com/turning.shtml
http://www.dickb.com/Akron.shtml
http://www.dickb.com/titles.shtml
http://www.dickb.com/Godandalcoholism.shtml
http://www.dickb.com/turning.shtml
http://www.dickb.com/cured.shtml
http://www.dickb.com/powerofgod.shtml

Alcoholics Anonymous AA History and Book Bibliography (L D. P., Oklahoma)
http://www.aabibliography.com

AA Archives - Akron
http://www.akronaa.org

A.A. GSO Watch
http://www.aapubliccontroversy.com/

A.A. History
http://www.aahistory.com

A.A. History
http://www.theagapecenter.com/AA/AAHistory.htm

AA of Midland, Michigan
http://www.sobercenter.com/history

About.com (Alcoholism/Substance Abuse–Mitch K.’s materials)
http://alcoholism.about.com/library/blmitch.htm

Anonymous One (see FAQ section)
http://www.anonymousone.com

Barefoot’s World
http://www.barefootsworld.net

Brown University Center for Alcoholism and Addiction Studies
http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/University_Library/libs/hay/collections/kirk/

Burke’s Holgate Street
http://www.eskimo.com/~burked/

Center for Alcohol Study at Rutgers
www.rci.rutgers.edu/~cas2

Christianity Today.Com (Philip Yancey article of July 10, 2000)
http://www.christianitytoday.com 

Cybriety. org
http://www.cybriety.org

Emerald Valley Intergroup
http://www.efn.org/~eviaa/literature_links.htm

Hazelden Resource Center
http://www.hazelden.org/

Just For Today
http://www.aahistory.com/jft.html

Mental Health Matters Articles
http://www.mental-health-matters.com

Moral Re-Armament/Oxford Group
http://www.mra.org.uk/general/history.html

Online AA Recovery Resources
http://www.recovery.org/aa/

Psychoheresy and the Bobgans
http://www.psychoheresy-aware.org/

RBC Ministries
http://www.gospelcom.net/rbc/resources

Religious Movements (University of Virginia - study of AA) http://www.religiousmovements.org

See Sharp Press
http://seesharppress.com

Sober City
http://www.sobercity.com/history.cfm

Sober Recovery
http://www.soberrecovery.com

Sponsor to Sponsor
http://sponsortosponsor.homestead.com/earlyAA.html

Stepping Stones
http://www.steppingstones.org

The History of Alcoholics Anonymous
http://silkworth.net/aahistory/historyaa.html

The History of Alcoholics Anonymous
http://www.carburettor.co.nz/aahistor.htm

The Jaywalker Site
www.thejaywalker.com

The Orange Papers
http://aorange1.tripod.com/

The Pittsburgh Experiment (See history and links)
http://www.pghpix.com

The Recovery Directory (AA History)
http://www.bigbookstudy.com

The Recovery Emporium: AA History Website Directory
http://www.recoveryemporium.com

The Stanton Peele Addiction Website
http://www.peele.net

The Wilson House
http://www.wilsonhouse.org

Water Wagon San Diego (Alcoholism 101)
http://www.waterwagonsandiego.com

12 Steps To Destruction by Martin and Deidre Bobgan (See Hall Biographies)
www.HallBiographies.com/

As stated, there are many other sites. These include Nancy O. and her screened history buffs, The Anonymous Press, alt groups, chat rooms and news sites. Some were not easy to pull up for this directory. Some don’t seem to welcome reciprocal listings. And some may simply have vanished for one reason or another. But you can get all the leads you want from the resource sites above.

Religious Resource Sites of Interest:

(Our materials can be found through these sites)

Bible Study Notes:
http://www.biblestudynotes.org

Religious Movements – University of Virginia:
http://religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu/nrms/aa.html

Religion Online:
http://www.religion-online.org

Religious Resources:
http://www.religiousresources.org

Rutgers University Religion Index:
http://religion.rutgers.edu/vri/america.html

Youth Pastor Resources:
http://www.youthpastor.com

History Writers - You can locate most of the major history writers and their works on the sites of alibris, amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Ebay, and Hazelden or directly on the authors’ own websites. They include: Charlie B., Chaz B., Dick B., Mel B., Mary D., James D., Bob F., Earl H., Francis H., Ernie K., Mitch K., Joe McQ., Bill P., Bob P., Stanton Peele, Wally P., Ken R., Nan R., Clarence S., Jack T., William White, Bob Smith, Sue Smith Windows and Robert Thomsen (both deceased), and Nell Wing

History Archives of major significance - The Griffith House Library at Bill Wilson’s birthplace at East Dorset, Vermont; Dr. Bob’s Home in Akron, supplemented by its archivist Ray G.’s traveling archives; Akron Intergroup archives; St. Paul’s Church library in Akron; Brown University Center for Addiction Studies in Rhode Island; Hazelden/Pittman Archives at Center City, Minnesota; Johnston Recovery Resource Center in Maui; Episcopal Church Archives in Austin; GSO Archives in New York; Hartford Seminary Archives in Connecticut; Frank Buchman Home in Pennsylvania; Moral Re-Armament Headquarters in Washington, D.C.. And I have been engaged for most of the last decade in trying to get these facilities opened to public use, free of charge, in an easily accessible manner.

Important Early AA History titles - A.A.’s own "conference approved" Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers, Pass It On, RHS, The Language of the Heart, and the Best of the Grapevine books; the AA of Akron pamphlets available in Akron and Cleveland; and the thousands mentioned in my own Making Known the Biblical History of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is largely available on the internet, is the most complete bibliography of actual AA history titles and manuscripts in existence, and will keep you reading into the next century.

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As revised and updated on August 7, 2013


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Kihei, Hawaii
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