This annotated bibliography contains the largest-known list of books and other materials that played a part in the formulation of Alcoholics Anonymous. Most of the material, some 23,900 items, was gathered by author Dick B. over an 18 year period of travel, research, interviews, and acquisitions from Oxford Group leaders, Shoemaker friends and family, A.A. oldtimers, Dr. Bob's library, Anne Smith's Journal, and the writings of hundreds of religious books by such diverse personages as Fulton Sheen, Frank Buchman, Emmet Fox, William James, Samuel Shoemaker, Glenn Clark, E. Stanley Jones, F. B. Meyer, John Mott, etc. The book gives the source of the acquisitions and the many who contributed from their own libraries and collections. Those who want to research all the roots of A.A. and 12 Step Fellowships will find this a necessary and invaluable resource. Many of the materials are now located at the Griffith Library at Bill Wilson's birthplace in Vermont, in the North Congregational church at Dr. Bob's birthplace in Vermont, at Rev. Sam Shoemaker's Calvary Church in Pittsburgh, at St. Paul's Church in Akron, at the Seiberling Gate Lodge in Akron, in the traveling collection of Ray G., archivist at Dr. Bob's Home, at Brown University, at the archives of A.A. General Services in New York, at Stepping Stones, and other repositories of religious information.
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Dick B. is a writer, historian, Bible student, Retired attorney, and Recovered A.A. as well as an active member of the A.A. fellowship who has sponsored more than 100 men in recovery. He has devoted 16 years to researching the roots of A.A., its history, and its successes. His work has taken him across the United States with interviews, visits to libraries and archives, collection of historical books and materials, and communication with historical figures. He has now published 26 titles on A.A. history as well as more than 120 articles on the subject. They are described and posted on his A.A. History and Personal A.A. History Blog sites. Dick is a member of American Historical Assn, Organization of American Historians, Research Society on Alcoholism, Alcohol and Drugs History Society, AMERSA, CAPS, COPE, ISAAC, and Phi Beta Kappa
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