Visiting the Archives at GSO
Effective October 5, 2022, the General Service Office will reopen to visitors Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., marking the first phase of the reopening process.
We look forward to seeing you. In the meantime, you can visit the Online Archives.
To receive assistance most quickly, please email your correspondence directly to GSO via email or contact us. If you are a member and are considering sending a Seventh Tradition contribution, please note that you can also make a contribution online.
If you are seeking help with a drinking problem, please check with your local A.A. office by visiting A.A. Near You
Mission of the Archives
The mission of the Alcoholics Anonymous General Service Office Archives is:
- to document permanently the work of Alcoholics Anonymous
- to make the history of the organization accessible to A.A. members and other researchers
- to provide a context for understanding A.A.'s progression, principles and traditions
Purpose of the Archives
Consistent with A.A.’s primary purpose, the Alcoholics Anonymous General Service Office Archives will:
- receive, classify and index all relevant material considered to have historical importance to A.A.
- hold and preserve such material
- provide access to these materials, as determined by the archivist in consultation with the trustees’ Archives Committee, to members of A.A. and to others who may have a valid need to review such material, contingent upon a commitment to preserve the anonymity of our members
- serve as a resource and laboratory to stimulate and nourish learning
- provide information services to assist the operations of A.A.
- promote knowledge and understanding of the origins, goals and programs of A.A.
We are a repository for official and unofficial records that document A.A.’s history in the U.S. and Canada. These materials related to the origin and development of the A.A. Fellowship include:
- personal collections
Our job is to care for these records permanently. We provide proper facilities and procedures to ensure their preservation. See the details of our collection scope, acceptance of donations, and policies.
Access to Archival Records
A.A. members and non-A.A. members can access materials in the Archives for research. Our Archives staff will be glad to help you find what you are looking for.
View the Archives Access Page for details on our policies and application materials.