One of the great things with people starting to know me as the Harbor Area archivist is they’re bringing me stuff for the archives! The other day I received an *original *copy of a June 1940 stockholders report from *Works Publishing*, which was created to enable AA to self-publish the first edition of the Big Book. This little pamphlet tells the story of how *Works Publishing *was created, the folks involved as well as financial accounting.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Before there was a "Big Book", Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, the "AA Grapevine" or General Service -- before there were meetings, clubs, conventions or any AA literature -- before there was an H&I committee, there was a visit to an Akron hospital where "one drunk talked to another."