K's Favorite Alcoholics Anonymous
Links and Other A.A. Resources
HISTORY: (L., historia), A learning
by inquiry, knowledge, a narrative, coordinating, and explaining past events, all recorded
events of the past.
This site is
not affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. (AAWS). AAWS has neither
reviewed nor endorsed the contents of this site. If you wish to visit the AAWS Web page, please
on the photo of Dr. Bob (left) you will go to the Web page of Dr. Bob's Home in Akron,
Ohio. By clicking on the photo of Bill W. (right) you will go to the Web page of Wilson
House where Bill was born in East Dorset, VT. Dr. Bob and Bill W. were
co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Most of the
links on this page will lead you to informative Web sites relating to the history of
Alcoholics Anonymous and the movements that preceded it. Usually, clicking on the graphic
will take you to those sites. Some sites may contain controversial information, often
suppressed and not generally available. Others are just my personal A.A. recovery
favorites. Many of these sites will have links to other Web pages relating to
recovery. Please Bookmark (Favorite Places) this page so you can come back soon in order
to continue on the journey exploring A.A. History.
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| Important information relating to A.A.'s past, present
and future. Much of the information contained on this Web site has been tried to be
supressed from A.A. members and is offered here in order to allow the Fellowship the
opportunity to make Informed Group Conscience Decisions relating to A.A.'s future. Click
on the Warning light or the links to take you there.
| Abraham Lincoln's
"Address before the Springfield Washington Temperance Society."
February 22, 1842. Clicking on Honest Abe's portrait will take you to that
|| 1878 Article, "View of the
Washingtonians." The Washington Temperance Society of Baltimore, Maryland was one of
the most successful Temperance Societies. Many of their ideas helped form A.A. and many of
their mistakes helped in the formation of A.A.'s 12 Traditions. This 1860 map of
Baltimore, MD will take you to that article.
|| Frank N.D. Buchman was the Founder of the
Oxford Group. Many of the ideas expressed in the book Alcoholics Anonymous are to
be found in Oxford Group literature. Both Dr. Bob and Bill W. were members of the Oxford
Group. Bob in Akron and Bill in New York at the Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker's Calvary
Episcopal Church. Click on Frank Buchman's picture and you will go to an article entitled
the "Oxford Group Connection."
|| The Akron Genesis of Alcoholics Anonymous is one of several books
written by Dick B. about the Spiritual Roots of A.A.. Dick B. has thoroughly researched
and documented the connections between the Oxford Group and other early Spiritual
literature and Alcoholics Anonymous. The foundations of A.A. came directly from the
Scriptures and most of the Oxford Group writing's. Anyone who wants to learn about where
A.A. came from will be amazed by the true story of A.A.'s Spiritual Roots. By clicking on
to The Akron Genesis of Alcoholics Anonymous, you will be taken to Dick B.'s Web
||By clicking on to this photo of Bill W. as a
young man, you will be taken to a Flow Chart about the History of A.A. These pages will
give you dates and information relating to A.A.'s history.
||The Cleveland Plain Dealer hosted a
series of articles by Elrick Davis from October - November 1939. These articles were about
A.A. and helped launch the tremendous growth Cleveland A.A. had in the early days.
Clicking on this early 1900's Cleveland, Ohio Streetcar Token will take you to these
| Clicking on his photo will
take you to HOW IT WORKED. The hard copy of the book is no longer available. Over 10,000 copies have been distributed free of charge. The Foreword was written by Ernest Kurtz,
PhD., author of NOT-GOD, A
History of Alcoholics Anonymous. This book, written by Mitchell K. who was Sponsored
by Clarence has already received rave reviews from those who have read it both on the Web and in hard copy.
Clarence S. (Home
Brewmeister) was one of the
original 100 members of A.A. His Sponsor was Dr. Bob and Clarence started A.A. in
Cleveland, Ohio. Clarence was responsible for many "firsts" in A.A. Rotation
of Officers, Formulating Sponsorship as we know it today,
A.A.'s first Newsletter (Cleveland
Central Bulletin) and many others. Clarence's biography and an early history of
in Cleveland, Ohio is available on the Web. Clarence had over
46 years of continuous sobriety when he passed away in 1984.
In September 1939, Liberty Magazine
published an article by Morris Markey entitled "Alcoholics and God." This was the
first National article about A.A. and was well received. Click on the the Statue of
Liberty in order to be taken to the Web page with that article.
||The FOUR ABSOLUTES of the Oxford Group were
used by early A.A. members to check their motives by. Even though they never made it into
the Big Book, Bill W. stated that he added them to the text by implication. This was done
to keep A.A. seperate from the Oxford Group yet maintain the same Spiritual ideals. Click
on the circle and triangle logo to read the Four Absolute Pamphlet. The pamphlet is still being used in
Cleveland, Ohio today and the Web site you will be taken to contains the entire text of
this historic pamphlet.
||A.A. History is explored in a series of on-going articles
written by Mitchell K. The first article of the series, Why Study A.A. History,
gives an overview of the reasons why A.A. members should know where A.A. came from. Carl
Sandburg is quoted as saying: "Whenever a
civilization or society declines or perishes there is always one condition present - they
forgot where they came from." There is a
lot of new data contained in these articles, some not even found in the
"Conference-Approved" literature. Click on to the Lighthouse to be
taken to the Web site index for these articles.
of the best Recovery Web sites on the Internet is On-Line AA Recovery Resources. This site
contains many recovery related links containing great information. There are downloadable
versions of the Big Book (1st Edition and Manuscript) as well as other useful tools for
recovery. Click on the computer to take you there.
|| The Alcoholism Site on about.com contains many different
articles relating to alcoholism and other relevant topics. There is a Bulletin Board and
two chat rooms to share your experience, strength and hope with others. Chat Room 1 is an
open chat and Room 2 has scheduled, A.A., Al-Anon, Al-Ateen, ACOA and other meetings. This
is by far, the BEST chat room on the Internet. Buddy T. is your
"Guide" on the Alcoholism site at About.com. Click on the photo of Dr. Bob
and Bill W. and you will be taken there to begin your journey through this wonderful Web
|| The Chester H. Kirk Collection at Brown
University's Center for Alcoholism and Addiction Studies in Providence, Rhode Island is
one of the largest repositories of Alcoholism, A.A. and Temperance materials. The
collection contains more than 15,000 items and the process has begun to make this
collection available to researchers and those interested in the history of A.A. Click on
to the Chester H. Kirk Collection Logo and you will be able to read about the Collection
housed at Brown University.
"We Are Not A Glum Lot"
a great Web site containing a lot of A.A. History and Trivia as well as other Recovery
information. Click on to the "We Are Not A Glum Lot" and you will be transported
there to learn more about A.A. History.
Does One Get A Prescription for a Miracle?
History is always happening. What
happened yesterday or even this morning is tomorrow's history. We will attempt to continue
to bring you links to sites containing information relating to the history of Alcoholics
Anonymous. These sites may inform you, amuse you and sometimes make you think. We do not
claim any responsibility for their content. Alcoholics Anonymous, the Fellowship sometimes
can be very different from Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. One is a Spiritual
entity and one is a business. Both hopefully have but one primary purpose: To carry the
message of recovery from alcoholism to the still sick and suffering alcoholic who wants to
On this site we do not have a desire
to sell you anything. We offer a gift, free of charge. That gift is the promise that if
you are a "real alcoholic" and you want to recover from a seemingly hopeless
state of mind and body, then there is a solution. That solution can be found both in the
basic text of the book, Alcoholics Anonymous and in the Experience, Strength and
Hope of the thousands of alcoholics who have recovered by following the life changing
program of Alcoholics Anonymous and by living the 12 Steps.
"There is a
principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and
which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance - that principle is contempt
prior to investigation."
Spencer (p570 - Alcoholics Anonymous)
||Please let us know of any
new sites or if you want more information on A.A. History. We welcome all correspondence,
just click on to the mailbox. We are always searching the
World Wide Web for more Alcoholics Anonymous History links to add to this page...
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Feb 10, 2000