Archives Committee


Consistent with A.A.’s primary purpose of maintaining our sobriety and helping other alcoholics achieve recovery, the Archives of Alcoholic Anonymous will:

  • Receive, classify, and index all relevant material, such as administrative files and records, correspondence, and literary works and artifacts considered to have historical importance to Alcoholic Anonymous.
  • Hold and preserve such materials.
  • Provide access to these materials, as determined by the archivists in consultation with the trustee’s Archives committee, to member’s of Alcoholic Anonymous and to others who may have a valid need to review such material, contingent upon committee to preserve the anonymity of our member’s.
  • Serve as a resource and laboratory to stimulate and nourish learning.
  • Provide information services to assist the operations of Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Promote knowledge and understanding of the origins, goals and programs of Alcoholic Anonymous.


The Archives committee is responsible for establishing policies, budgets and procedures. Through its group conscience, it undertakes and maintains final responsibility and authority for the use of the Archives. In all of its actions, the Archives committee needs to be guided by A.A.’s primary purpose. Thus, if non-A.A. friends are asked to serve on the committee, which may be desirable due to their interest and special knowledge or expertise, they ought to be people who are thoroughly familiar with our primary purpose, as well as our A.A. Traditions.

One of the most important functions of the Archives committee is to establish a Collection Scope, defining and describing what your Archives will and will not collect, and why. These parameters will guide the archivists in gathering material of historical significance and will reduce the amount of time and space spent collecting and preserving relatively insignificant materials. For an example of a defined Collection Scope, please contact the G.S.O. Archives.


The Archives Committee Chair is an appointed position on the General Service Committee. For more information about the duties and responsibilities of the Chairperson, please see the following Job Description.

To contact the Archives Committee Chair, e-mail:


See below for some additional information that may be helpful.

Resources for local A.A. Archivists and A.A. Members

The following pdf documents are available for download from the "Resources for Local A.A. Archivists" page on A.A.'s World Services Website (

  • Archives Workbook, Archives Guidelines, The A.A. Archives, Oral history kits.


The following history collection documents are available here:

BC/Yukon Area 79 Archives is located at
Central Office, at 3457 Kingsway Vancouver, B.C. V5R 5L5.

Hours of operation are Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.