In Service Insight: Archive CommitteeBilly D's Perspective on Preserving AA history
Archive Committee Who We Are, and What We Do.
Archives collects, catalogs, preserves, and protects items of local historical significance. This includes district meeting documents, group histories, recorded oral histories, and personal items.
If you have an interest in history, writing, reading or organizing information, archives could be a perfect service fit for you. This work provides an all-encompassing view of the history, progression, and evolution of Alcoholics Anonymous within our personal corner of the world, as well as contributing to the overarching, worldwide history of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Billy D's Archive Adventure
Opportunities for individual ingenuity “just happen” in service. Whatever service opportunity we step into provides a path for us to be creative and helpful in ways we might not initially expect.
Tidbit: The District 4 monthly meeting was held in Great Falls as early as 1973. Billy says, “It’s important to be connected to something that happened before we existed.” Does anyone know where the District 4 monthly meeting was held prior to 1973? Have a document to support that memory?
Groups can request their group history form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Participation ensures that A.A.’s can learn about the history of their group (your group) 40 years from now.
Service = Growth
“You will get out of it, whatever you put into it.” Billy finds that to be as true today whether it is stacking chairs or being a group’s chairperson helps him feel engaged and a part of something. This is an important part of growing in sobriety.
MORE INFORMATION: Policy, best practices, and copyright forms can be found in the Archives Workbook (section that applies to oral hisory media). A copy of the VAC assignment of copyright form can be found by clicking here.