Archives

“…..We are trying to build up extensive records which will be of value to a future historian…..It is highly important that the factual material be placed in our files in such a way that there can be no substantial distortion….. We want to keep on enlarging on this idea for the sake of the full length history to come…” Bill W., 1957

Purpose

The main purpose of the Washington State East Area 92 Archives is to keep the record straight so that myth does not predominate over fact as to the local history of the fellowship. The Area Archives gives the Area the sense of its own past and an opportunity to study it. The Archives committee exists to provide a safe and secure facility for the receipt and storage of Archival material relevant to provide the past and present activities of Alcoholics Anonymous and its members within the Area, and the Washington State East Area. It actively displays historical material so that the maximum number of members of the fellowship may benefit. The Archives committee assists and acts as a resource for district and other local Archives activities.

How Can You Help?

The Archives Committee needs all types of volunteers. We need people to attend meetings and workdays at the repository, people to help spread the word about this type of service work, and people to help collect and organize the materials that are collecting in basements and back offices. It is okay if you have never been an archivist yourself! You can still help us. You can still help with the joy of collecting and displaying the treasures of the past. This type of service work does not require much time. Due to its nature, very often it can be done at your convenience, yet it is still a very rewarding type of service work. If you have more time and a desire to be more involved, there are always openings on the Archives Committee, the Archives Steering Committee and the Area Archivist position. See below for more information on these positions. Positions are also available within your own District. See your DCM for more details.

Committee Structure

The committee consists of the Area Archivist, The Archives Steering Committee, districts and other AA Archivists. The Area Archivist and the Archives Steering Committee represent the interests of the local Archivists to the Area Committee and to the Assembly although only the Archivist is a member of the Area Committee.

For More Information

Send an email to the Chair of our Area Archives Committee. He or she can help you get started-and might even be able to introduce you to people in your district already doing this work.

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