When the A.A. Archives formally opened, November 3, 1975, its goal was to preserve the Fellowship’s original documents and artifacts and to keep open communication regarding where we came from and how the A.A. program developed. This goal has remained unchanged to date.
Nell Wing (nonalcoholic), G.S.O.’s first archivist, wrote: “The A.A. Fellowship is one of the world’s major sociohistorical movements. We owe it to future A.A. members, as well as to historians, scholars and researchers, to maintain as complete a record as we can of this society at all times, so its message, meaning, and contributions, not only to alcoholics but in other problem areas, can be recalled and assessed for whatever future purpose, fully and accurately.”
The Archives is a special place full of rich resources chronicling our history. Visitors can take a tour, spend some quiet time with the history of our Fellowship, enjoy our exhibit area, and delve into the extensive collection of books or newspaper articles located in our library.
We invite you to explore our online exhibits emphasizing some of the events, individuals, and works that shaped our beginnings. We hope this material will inspire interest and spread understanding of Alcoholics Anonymous.