AA History In Photos

Bill Wilson Just Before the War
(Bill Wilson, back row, far right)

Winchester Cathedral Tombstone

A Young Bill Wilson on Horseback

Traveling in the Early Days with Lois

Early Lois Picture
Lois Wilson along with Anne B. would become the founders of
what is now known as Al-Anon Family Groups.

Mayflower Hotel Lobby
Where Bill Wilson made the call that led him to Dr. Bob.

Postcard from the Mayflower Hotel
Postcard from the Mayflower Hotel

Mayflower Hotel Phone
Mayflower Hotel Telephone

A Smiling Bill Wilson In Uniform

Bill & Lois (1918)

The Wilson's with their Harley

Lois on the Harley

Cleveland Members Prior to the 1950 Conference

Bill & Lois Later in Life

2000 International Conventions
Over 50,000 attendees. Amazingly, over 50% had over 11 years + sobriety

The Career Officer (Big Book Author)

Ebby Thatcher
Bill Wilson's Sponsor

Dr. Bob Portrait
Dr. Bob Portrait in the Smith Home - Akron, OH

Dr. Bob Portrait
Dr. Bob Portrait

Humility Plaque
Inscription from plaque on Dr. Bob's desk
which to him best described humility

Dr. Bob & Anne Smith

Dr. Bob & Anne Smith Home
Dr. Bob & Anne Smith Home in Akron, OH

Dr. Bob & Anne Smith Home in Akron, OH

Dr. Bob's & Anne Smith's Kitchen
Dr. Bob & Anne Smith Kitchen

Sue Smith Windows Typewriter

Sue Smith
Sue Smith - Dr. Bob's Daughter

AA Cofounders, Bill Wilson & Dr. Bob Smith

Bill Wilson & Ebby Thatcher

Clarence S. "Home Brewmeister" later in life

"Stepping Stones", Bill's & Lois's Home
In the spring of 1941, the Wilson's moved into their house. After 23 years of marriage, Lois and Bill finally had a home of their own. The Wilson's lived in the house for the rest of their lives. Bill spent almost 30 years there until his death in January 1971 at age 75. Lois lived on 17 years longer.

A Page from the Original Draft of the Big Book

Lois Wilson

Ebby's Headstone - Albany Rural Cemetery, Albany NY

Bill Wilson c. 1940's

Bill Wilson & his sister Dorothy

Bill Wilson's high school picture

Rowland Hazard
The Oxford Group member who carried the message of recovery
from alcoholism by spiritual means to Ebby Thatcher,
Bill Wilson's self-proclaimed sponsor.

Bill's Desk at Wit's End, Bedford Hills, NY

The Wilson House - East Dorset, VT
Bill Wilson's Birth place.

Wilson House literature table

Bill Wilson at an AA Meeting

Dayton, OH. AA Members - 1942
Members donned masks to protect their anonymity

Dr. Bob's prescription pad

Works Publishing stock certificate

1939 Liberty Magazine cover and article
Liberty Magazine offered AA it's first national exposure

Clarence Snyder's tombstone (Home Brewmeister)

Classic Bill W. portrait

T. Henry & Clarace Williams
Active members of the Oxford Group, T. Henry and Clarace held meetings
in their home. Termed “The Alcoholic Squad,” Dr. Bob, Bill D., Henrietta
Seiberling, Anne Smith, Henrietta Dotson and other Oxford Groupers gathered
in the Williams’ home for Wednesday night meetings from the summer of
1935 through late 1939, moving then to Dr. Bob’s for a few weeks, and from
there to King School in January 1940. T. Henry and Clarace were criticized
by many Oxford Group members who did not support their efforts to
extend the program primarily to alcoholics.

Ohio Historical Marker
Ohio Historical Marker

The Carriage house at the Seiberling estate in Akron, OH

Henrietta Seiberling
Though not herself an alcoholic, Henrietta had enormous compassion
for the plights of the “medically incurable” alcoholics who found their way
into the fledgling Akron experiment that began in 1935. Against the
vehement wishes of her family, Henrietta was an active member of the
Oxford Group, organizing meetings and spreading the principles,
literature and practices of the movement. She was also the catalyst who
got Dr. Bob interested in the meetings and the Oxford Group.
She died on December 5, 1979 with an unwavering belief that alcoholics
could be cured through a spiritual program.

Rev. Samuel Shoemaker
Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker was the pastor at Calvary Episcopal Church
in New York where he headed the Oxford Group there.
He was also a great friend of early AA

Bill D. with Helen B. (an early Grapevine Editor)

Dr. William Duncan Silkworth

Dr. Silkworth World War I Picture
Plattsburg, NY 1911-1918
Dr. William Duncan Silkworth has probably treated more alcoholics
than any other physician in history. Dr. Silkworth authored the
“Doctor’s Opinion” which appears in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Dr. Silkworth died of a heart attack at his home in 1951

Ruth Hock
Ruth Hock was AA's first secretary and typed the manuscript for the Big Book

Young Dr. Bob

Bill & Lois after Dr. Bob's Funeral

Bill D. & Sue, Dr. Bob's Daughter

Bill Wilson visiting a new member in a hospital

Bill & Lois in Christmas photo

Bill W. & Dr. Bob on vinyl records
In April, 1947 Rockhill Recording released a two
record set of Bill W. and Dr. Bob speaking.

182 Clinton Street, Burnham Townhouse
Bill's & Lois's Home and Meeting Place

John D. Rockefeller, Early AA Advocate

Bill Wilson at Dr. Bob's grave

Sister Ignatia
Sister Ignatia befriended Dr. Thomas P. Scuderi,
(an emergency room intern who later became Medical Director at
St. Thomas Hospital). She convinced him that alcoholics were sick
and accident-prone and persuaded Dr. Scuderi to allow them to “rest”
in the hospital prior to release. Dr. Scuderi and Sister Ignatia
secretly treated Bill D. (later to become AA #3) prior to his meeting
Dr. Bob and Bill. She also worked with Dr. Bob, treating the first
5,000 alcoholics for free. Sister Ignatia gave each of her newly
released patients a Sacred Heart medallion, which she asked them
to return before they took the first drink

Read The Eulogy Of Sister Ignatia By Rev. Thomas L. Cooan

Dr. Harry M. Tiebout
Dr. Harry M. Tiebout was the first psychiatrist to see in A.A.
a significant approach to the treatment of alcoholics.

Dr. Bob, Dr. Harry Tiebout and Bill Wilson
Dr. Bob Smith, Dr. Harry Tiebout and Bill Wilson

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