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The Home Group -Who's Sitting Next To You?
-Grapevine publication: March 1991

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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 logo is no longer in use by A.A.W.S., Inc.

The following pages are written, primarily copyrighted by, nationally recognized A.A. historian and oft-quoted Alcoholics Anonymous archivist, Mitchell K. It was Mitchell K's AA history website, that inspired me to learn as much of A.A.'s history as I can, and to share it with you here.

Articles by Mitchell K.

dot.jpg Why Study A.A. History?
A look at the roots of the granddaddy of 12-step programs and why it is important to remember them.

dot.jpg In the Beginning...
The study of the history of Alcoholics Anonymous begins way before its actual founding.

dot.jpg A Glimmer of Hope
A historic meeting between Bill W. and Dr. Bob plants the seeds for Alcoholics Anonymous.

dot.jpg Correcting Errors
Why some facts in this series of articles do not match the "official" conference-approved version.

dot.jpg Dr. Bob's Last Drink
Dr. Bob sponsored more than 5,000 AA members and left the legacy of his life as an example.

dot.jpg Early Efforts
Bill W. and Dr. Bob began their quest to carry the message to other "hopeless" alcoholics.

dot.jpg Roots of the Big Book
Most of the ideas and wording in the A.A. book came from other writers.

dot.jpg Writing the Big Book
There are hundreds of quotes from these early books which can be found, almost verbatim in the Big Book.

dot.jpg Financing the Big Book
Bill W. turned to the Rockefellers for help to publish the A.A. book.

dot.jpg Self-Supporting
The idea of Alcoholics Anonymous becoming a self-supporting organization came from a surprising source.

dot.jpg Central Bulletin
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.

dot.jpg "Our Father…"
This 1944 Alcoholics Anonymous editorial gives an indication of how important the founders considered The Lord's Prayer to recovery.

dot.jpg The Saddest Day In A.A. History?
A fight over the printing and distribution of literature in Germany has caused controversy within the fellowship.

dot.jpg A.A. Lawsuit Update
The court date for the German lawsuit over Alcoholics Anonymous literature has been delayed.

dot.jpg The Big Book Goes to Press
After long and heated "discussions" the Alcoholics Anonymous book was finally ready to be published in 1939.

dot.jpg Open Letter to A.A. Members
As the 1998 General Service Conference rapidly approaches we take this opportunity to make an urgent plea for assistance.

dot.jpg The Big Book is Published
The publication of the Big Book did not bring the initial response that was expected by its authors.

dot.jpg Influx of New Members
A 1941 article in a national magazine was expected to attract many new members into Alcoholics Anonymous.

dot.jpg Saturday Evening Post Article
Membership in A.A. skyrocketed after publication of the Saturday Evening Post, March 1, 1941.

dot.jpg Growth of Central Offices
As the Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship began to grow in the 1940's, the first central offices were created.

dot.jpg The German Court Case
Despite what you may have read or heard about Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc. (AAWS) being involved in litigation matters, it is true.

dot.jpg German 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.

dot.jpg Big 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.

dot.jpg A proposal to change the word God into Chair in Alcoholics Anonymous literature.
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 it.

dot.jpg Being Human Comes with its Own Set of Pitfalls and Eureka Moments.
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.

dot.jpg G.S.O. Archives
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.


Web pages & other works by Mitchell K.

The 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.

Mitchell K's Favorite Alcoholics Anonymous History Links and Other A.A. Resources
Alcoholics Anonymous: A photographic journey through its history...
"Freely have ye received, freely give..."
Dr. Bob's prescription for a miracle...
How It Worked "The Story of Clarence H. Snyder and The Early Days of Alcoholics Anonymous in Cleveland, Ohio" -A great book written by Mitchell K.
Reviews of Mitchell's book, "How It Worked"

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