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Historical facts, figures, and documents that reiterate how AA came to be, how it worked, and what happened.

The History of Alcoholics Anonymous Beginners Classes: A Speech by Wally P.

Initial growth in Alcoholics Anonymous took place in Cleveland, Ohio. Clarence S. and the guys went out actively pursuing drunks and brought them off bar… Read more »

The History of Alcoholics Anonymous Beginners Classes: A Speech by Wally P.

The Early History of ‘How It Works’ by Wally P.

Listen to Wally P., author of Back-to-Basics speak to a Toronto CA group about AA sponsorship in the 1940s on November 11, 2008. Download this… Read more »

Back to basics, 12 steps in 4 hours

Minneapolis alcoholic recovery rates from the 1943 – 1945 indicates that 75% of its members are successful at staying sober!

Of alcoholics who came to A.A. and really tried, 50% got sober at once and remained that way; 25% sobered up after some relapses, and… Read more »

Minneapolis alcoholic recovery rates from the 1943 – 1945 indicates that 75% of its members are successful at staying sober!

Sponsorship…Lessons from the Old-timers

A.A Grapevine, May 1950 Vol. 6 No. 12 & June 1950 Vol. 7 No. 1 The Chairman tackles a tough question THE chairman had just… Read more »

Sponsorship…Lessons from the Old-timers

A Brief History of Chips/Keytags, Medallions, & Sobriety Birthdays – Principles or Personalities?

Sobriety Date: Your sobriety date is the date on which you had your last drink or used drugs or placed a bet, or acted out… Read more »

A.A. Pioneer, Clarence H. Snyder was the first to initiate ‘Big Book’ sponsorship

*(Image of Clarence H. Snyder and content pertaining to Clarence has been reprinted with permission from Mitchell K., author of “How It Worked: The Story… Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…On the First Step

A.A. Grapevine, November 1944, Vol. 1 No. 6 Editorial: On the First Step “We admitted we were powerless over alcoholism – that our lives had… Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…On the First Step

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Second Step

A.A. Grapevine, December 1944 Vol. 1 No. 7 Editorial: On the Second Step Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us… Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Second Step

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Sixth Step

A.A. Grapevine, April 1945, Vol. 1 No. 11 Editorial: On the 6th Step “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”… Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Sixth Step

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Third Step

A.A. Grapevine, January 1945. Vol. 1 No. 8 Editorial: On the Third Step “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to… Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Third Step

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Fifth Step

A.A. Grapevine, March 1945. Vol. 1 No. 10 Editorial: On the Fifth Step Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact… Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Fifth Step

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Fourth Step

A.A. Grapevine, February 1945. Vol. 1 No. 9 Editorial: On the Fourth Step “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” Since I cannot… Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Fourth Step

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Seventh Step

A.A. Grapevine, May 1945, Vol. 1 No. 12 Editorial: On the 7th Step “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.” We all know that it… Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Seventh Step

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Eighth Step

A.A. Grapevine, June 1945, Vol. 2 No. 1 Editorial: On the 8th Step . . . “Made a list of all persons we had harmed,… Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Eighth Step

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Nineth Step

A.A. Grapevine, July 1945, Vol. 2 No. 2 Editorial: On the 9th Step… “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible except when to do… Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Nineth Step

A.A. Oldtimers…on the Tenth Step…

A.A. Grapevine, August 1945 Vol. 2 No. 3 Editorial: On the 10th Step… “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted… Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…on the Tenth Step…

A.A. Oldtimes…On the Eleventh Step…

A.A. Grapevine, September 1945, Vol. 2 No. 4 Editorial: On the 11th Step. . . “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact… Read more »

A.A. Oldtimes…On the Eleventh Step…

A.A. Oldtimes…On the Twelveth Step…

A.A. Grapevine, October 1945, Vol. 2 No. 5 Editorial: On the 12th Step . . . “Having had a spiritual experience as the result of… Read more »

A.A. Oldtimes…On the Twelveth Step…

“Here are the steps we took” by Clarence Snyder

It was Dr. Bob Smith who sponsored Clarence Snyder into this simple program. Clarence repeated this approach with other alcoholics in Cleveland where he achieved… Read more »

“Here are the steps we took” by Clarence Snyder

‘Get Honest With Yourself, Pray,’ Alcoholics Anonymous Advise

Reprinted from The Tidings: Friday, March 26, 1948, page 17 Los Angeles — “It takes cultivation of a habit of prayer and development of a… Read more »

A Prescription for Sobriety

A.A. Grapevine, June 1945, Vol. 2 No. 1 (A.A. Grapevine Editor’s Note: In the opinion of the staff, the importance of the following interview lies… Read more »

A.A.’s “Prince of All Twelfth-Steppers” — Dr. Bob

By Dick B. © 2008 by Anonymous. All rights reserved What Is Our Real Purpose? Is A.A. a religion? Is it a medical treatment program?… Read more »

Are you trying carrying the message?

I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere reaches for help, I want the hand of A.A. to always be there and for that I am responsible…. Read more »

Are you trying carrying the message?

Do We Make Too Much of Anniversaries?

AA Grapevine, May 1949, Vol. 5 No. 12 They Can Boomerang–and Often Do CELEBRATING anniversaries is an old American custom and no one should be… Read more »

On Simplicity, of Faith, of Living, of Outlook

AA Grapevine, October 1944, Vol. 1 No. 5 Editorial: The A.A. program itself is simple. Why do too many of us try to read complexities… Read more »

On Simplicity, of Faith, of Living, of Outlook

Sponsorship: A Dying Art… Chicago Group Suggests A Revival Is Overdue

A.A. Grapevine, February 1953 Vol. 9 No. 9 (Editor’s Note: From the Metropolitan Rotating Committee the following “Message of Sponsorship” has been received. Issued as… Read more »

Sponsorship: A Dying Art… Chicago Group Suggests A Revival Is Overdue

Surrender by Tom P. Jr.

The following article is condensed from a transcript of a March 6, 2008 Training meeting of the Upstate Group. These meetings cover a wide range… Read more »

Taking Inventory – A.A. Grapevine, January 1955, Vol. 11 No. 8

WHEN I first began to hear people in AA talking about character defects I presumed I possibly had one or two. I knew definitely that… Read more »

Taking Inventory – A.A. Grapevine, January 1955, Vol. 11 No. 8

The history behind reading The Lord’s Prayer at 12 Step meetings

It is mentioned in Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers that the prayer was used from the very beginning in the Fellowship, at least as… Read more »

The history behind reading The Lord’s Prayer at 12 Step meetings

What is the history behind AA’s Responsibility Statement?

The Responsibility Statement reads: “I am Responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And… Read more »

What is the history behind AA’s Responsibility Statement?

What was early A.A. was really like?

You won’t learn this in A.A.’s basic text today or in our meetings. But the simplicity of early A.A. will really astound you! And we… Read more »

What was early A.A. was really like?

Working with Others: How the oldtimers worked with others the 1940’s

AA Grapevine, July 1945, Vol. 2 No. 2 What Constitutes a Good Sponsor, as Minneapolis Sees It Sincerity in A.A. and dry for certain length… Read more »

Working with Others: How the oldtimers worked with others the 1940’s