Archives Committee

 

The Area 58 Archives collects and preserves correspondence, records, photographs and media articles for the guidance and research of A.A. members and others.

Service Positions

Archivist (Chair)
archives@aa-oregon.org

Archives Assistant
archives-alt@aa-oregon.org

About the Service Positions

 

The term of the Archivist and Archives Assistant is 8 years each, with the terms beginning in 2004. The purpose is more than mere custodial activities; it is the means by which we collect, preserve and share the rich and meaningful heritage of our fellowship.

The Archivist and the Archives Committee are responsible for

 

  • Receiving, classifying and indexing all relevant materials, including, but not limited to, administrative files, records, correspondence, literary works and artifacts considered to have importance to AA.
  • Holding and preserving such material, making access possible, as determined by the present archivist in consultation with the Archives committee, to members of Alcoholics Anonymous, and those of the public who may have a valid need to review said material. Such access be provided only during business hours and with a mindful view toward the anonymity of our members.
  • This is done through workshops, presentations, mailings/email, etc. Some travel may be involved between assemblies. The Archivist meets with the Archives Committee for work at the archives repository.

What’s in the Archives?

  • Area 58 records, including Assembly minutes
  • Area 58 history, including the scrapbook of Doc H., founder of AA in Oregon
  • District records
  • Group histories
  • Audio recordings of Oregon Area members
  • Photos from Oregon Area history
  • Big Books and Grapevines through the years
  • Archives conservation work area, equipment and supplies
  • Scanning equipment for digitizing records
  • …and much more – come and see!

Archives Tours and Training

Your Area 58 Archives is located in St. Helens, Oregon. If you would like to bring a group for a tour, please contact the Archivist to arrange a date and time. We are also happy to provide training in archival techniques for District Archivists.

Group Histories Project

The Archives Committee needs your help to preserve the history of AA in Oregon.

In the mid-80’s a book was published called A History of Alcoholics Anonymous in Oregon – 1943-1983. It is a collection of the earliest memories of the growth of AA in Oregon over the first 40 years; stories included the recounting of individuals, groups, committees, Intergroups and our Oregon Area Service structure. The effort was supported by the Oregon Area General Service Committee, and was financed entirely by pre-sales and fund-raising projects. It was compiled, written and published by Past Delegate Diana S. The book was re-printed in 1995 with the help of our past Archives Co-Chair Bob C.

Much of our precious Oregon AA history would be lost if it were not for the efforts of hundreds of sober alcoholics organizing for this effort more than 30 years ago. If you have an Area 58 email account, you can download the original Oregon AA History book in PDF format by clicking the button below.

Now the Area 58 Archives Committee has embarked on a project to document our history in the 40 years since the last book was published. You can support this project by talking with oldtimers in your Groups who may have vital information that may be lost if not collected soon, so that we can continue archiving and preserving our rich Oregon AA History that has contributed to our own sobriety and growth as an Area AA Service entity.

If you would like to help, please contact the history project at History@AA-Oregon.org

Timeline of A.A. History

Interested in the history of our Fellowship? Check out the Timeline of A.A. History for a year-by-year, day-by-day list of how we got here.

Get in Touch with the A.A. Archives Community

National A.A. Archives Workshop – Information, on-line training and the annual Archives Workshop

Technology in A.A. Forum, Archives section – sign up for a free account to access the discussion board