The Mitchell K. Library
Early History of Alcoholic Anonymous.
has neither been approved or endorsed by and is not
affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous World Services,
Inc. or any service entity of A.A.W.S., Inc. The Circle/Triangle
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following pages are written, primarily copyrighted by,
nationally recognized A.A. historian and oft-quoted
Alcoholics Anonymous archivist, Mitchell K. It was Mitchell
history website, that inspired me to learn
as much of A.A.'s history as I can, and to share it
with you here.
by Mitchell K.
Study A.A. History?
A look at the roots of the granddaddy of 12-step programs
and why it is important to remember them.
The study of the history of Alcoholics Anonymous begins
way before its actual founding.
A historic meeting between Bill W. and Dr. Bob plants
the seeds for Alcoholics Anonymous.
Why some facts in this series of articles do not match
the "official" conference-approved version.
Bob's Last Drink
Dr. Bob sponsored more than 5,000 AA members and left
the legacy of his life as an example.
Bill W. and Dr. Bob began their quest to carry the message
to other "hopeless" alcoholics.
of the Big Book
Most of the ideas and wording in the A.A. book came
from other writers.
the Big Book
There are hundreds of quotes from these early books
which can be found, almost verbatim in the Big Book.
the Big Book
Bill W. turned to the Rockefellers for help to publish
the A.A. book.
The idea of Alcoholics Anonymous becoming a self-supporting
organization came from a surprising source.
It was A.A.'s first newsletter and according to many
A.A. Historians, contained some of the best early writing
relating to recovery from alcoholism.
This 1944 Alcoholics Anonymous editorial gives an indication
of how important the founders considered The Lord's
Prayer to recovery.
Saddest Day In A.A. History?
A fight over the printing and distribution of literature
in Germany has caused controversy within the fellowship.
The court date for the German lawsuit over Alcoholics
Anonymous literature has been delayed.
Book Goes to Press
After long and heated "discussions" the Alcoholics
Anonymous book was finally ready to be published in
Letter to A.A. Members
As the 1998 General Service Conference rapidly approaches
we take this opportunity to make an urgent plea for
Big Book is Published
The publication of the Big Book did not bring the initial
response that was expected by its authors.
of New Members
A 1941 article in a national magazine was expected to
attract many new members into Alcoholics Anonymous.
Evening Post Article
Membership in A.A. skyrocketed after publication of
the Saturday Evening Post, March 1, 1941.
As the Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship began to grow
in the 1940's, the first central offices were created.
German Court Case
Despite what you may have read or heard about Alcoholics
Anonymous, Inc. (AAWS) being involved in litigation
matters, it is true.
Court Orders A.A. Books Destroyed
There is good news, and there is bad news from three
cases involving Alcoholics Anonymous in Germany, from
a witness in the case.
Book Site Shut Down
A.A. attorney's threats force AOL in Germany to shut
down the Big Book Study Group's web site and email address.
A proposal to
change the word God into Chair in Alcoholics Anonymous
Let’s change the word God into Chair
in AA literature. We made a decision to turn our lives
and our will over to the care of a Chair as we understood
Human Comes with its Own Set of Pitfalls and Eureka
Mitchell touches on several issues about Bill W.'s life
in this article including the new feature length documentary
about Bill W., Bill's Medical experimental use of L.S.D
(considered a wonder drug at the time), Bill's participation
in spiritualism and Bill's relationship with Helen W.
It is fairly obvious that the purpose of the archives
at G.S.O. is to save the Fellowship's history FROM the
Fellowship and NOT FOR the Fellowship. This is not what
Bill Wilson or Nell Wing envisioned.
pages & other works by Mitchell K.
following web pages by Mitchell K. have been re-created
with Mitchell's permission in order to preserve them
so you can still enjoy viewing & exploring his pages
that you may learn more of Alcoholics Anonymous history.
K's Favorite Alcoholics Anonymous History Links and
Other A.A. Resources
Anonymous: A photographic journey through its history...
have ye received, freely give..."
Bob's prescription for a miracle...
It Worked "The Story of Clarence H.
Snyder and The Early Days of Alcoholics Anonymous in
Cleveland, Ohio" -A great book written by Mitchell
of Mitchell's book, "How It Worked"