AA History

The history of AA as it was begun in Akron and spread throughout the world may primarily be found in three books published by AA World Services, Inc: AA Comes of Age (© 1957, 1985), Dr Bob and the Good Oldtimers (© 1980) and Pass It On (© 1984). Our abridged version of the story of AA’s founding with related pictures may be found here.

We urge all AAs and others interested in the history of Alcoholics Anonymous to read the three volumes mentioned above. We fervently believe that it is only by understanding our history, especially the origins of our Steps, Traditions and Concepts for World Service, that we will be able to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.


The history of AA in Dallas itself is, unfortunately, rather sketchy. The story of our beginning by Esther E in April, 1943 is well-documented, but there are large gaps in our records as to the growth of AA in the late ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. We ask all knowledgeable oldtimers to come forward with information so that we may compile an accurate record of AA in Dallas.

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