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Archives Committee

Chair: Ryan Mc. Have something to donate to the District 4 Achives?--Just email the chair.

When the General Service Office Archives formally opened its doors in November 1975, its goal was to provide an environment dedicated to exploring A.A.'s history, serving members of the A.A. Fellowship and the general public. The G.S.O. Archives continues to pursue this goal and commits itself to serving individuals with an interest in discovering A.A.'s roots and growth around the world.


The mission of the Alcoholics Anonymous Area 92 District 4 Archives is to document the work of Alcoholics Anonymous in District 4 of Area 92. Make the history of District 4 available in different ways to AA members and historians. This will further the knowledge of how the AA principles, and traditions helped with District 4 Area 92's growth in providing for the still suffering alcoholic.

Purpose: To preserve the history of Area 92, District 4's AA. Consistent with A.A.'s primary purpose of maintaining our sobriety and helping other alcoholics achieve recovery, the Archives of Alcoholics 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 Alcoholics Anonymous;
  • Hold and preserve such material;
  • Provide access to these materials, as determined by the archivist in consultation with the trustees' Archives Committee, to members of Alcoholics Anonymous and to others who may have a valid need to review such material, contingent upon a commitment to preserve the anonymity of our members;
  • 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 Alcoholics Anonymous.

Adopted: October 30, 2006
By the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous

The District 4 Archives Repository is located at:

Tri-Cities Alano Club
102 E Kennewick Ave.
Kennewick, WA 99336

This committee is currently in need of people interested in the history of A.A. in the Washington Area 92, District 4. Please let me know if you are interested.

Promises for this service position:

As the Chair to the District 4 Area 92 Archives I promise to uphold the Archive Guidelines as adopted by the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous. I enjoy the history of AA and have since the day I first came to the program. But, just the History was not enough to keep me sober and finally taking the suggestions and working the steps has brought me sobriety and many blessing. I owe it all to AA, the unity, and the service work I have done and the opportunity I now have. I am so grateful to have this opportunity. With the help of a committee that I hope will grow in the near future and all who are helping me now I have some great ideas that God willing will make possible. The archives of District 4 and Area 92 are important and I plan on adding more to them and I will keep everyone, through this website, informed on what's going on. If you have any questions or concerns please email me and I will respond.

Thank You All for your support!
Ryan M District 4 Area 92 Archive Chair

Goals and ideas I have felt moved to work on.

  • Digitize all Archives to be viewed on website
  • Locking display case for Archives to be put out for people to see changing it out monthly
  • Host a yearly Archive open house inviting other Archivist to bring their displays
  • Starting an "Old Timers" speaker meeting monthly
  • Work Shops
  • Monthly Archive Tid Bit posted on this website
  • Posting a calendar of important dates to AA
This is just a start I hope to make this fun for all and get more people interested and willing to participate in AA Archives. The AA that saved my life and many others.

Archive Tid Bit for January 2015

Origin of AA's Statement of Responsibility?

What is the origin of AA's Statement of Responsibility?

Also known as "The Responsibility Pledge of Alcoholics Anonymous," the Responsibility Declaration was first introduced in July 1965 at the 30th Anniversary International Convention in Toronto, Canada.

It was written by Al S., an editor of The AA Grapevine magazine. The theme of the convention was "Responsibility." The recitation of this pledge was part keynote presentation during the conventions "big meeting."

The Statement of Responsibility says:

I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA always to be there. And for that: I am responsible.

There have been two Advisory Actions from the General Service Conference regarding the Declaration of Responsibility since it was introduced. In 1971, the Conference recommended that:
The Literature Committee, following the general feeling of the Conference, reaffirm both the spirit and the wording of the "I am Responsible" Declaration from the International Convention held in Toronto in 1965.

And in 1977, the Conference recommended that:
The Responsibility Declaration not be changed, as it was made at the 1965 International Convention in Toronto.

GSO Archive Guideline Links:
Current News: Area 92 Archives were displayed at the Inland Empire Round-up on April 30-May 2, 2010. On Friday night Karen S., daughter of Shorty H., presented a historical retropective of the roundup. The PowerPoint presentation is available here for viewing.

District 4 Archive Presentation