Like any other A.A. service, the primary purpose of those involved in archival work is to carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous. Archives service work is more than mere custodial activity; it is the means by which we collect, preserve, and share the rich and meaningful heritage of our Fellowship. It is by the collection and sharing of these important historical elements that our collective gratitude for Alcoholics Anonymous is deepened.

Archives Open House/Work Dates

The Archives will be open from 9 am to 1 pm on Archives Work Days days for people that want to visit the archives and help with the ongoing project at Archives. Please view our events calendar for the dates of upcoming work days and the address. 

Archives Committee Mission Statement

The mission of the Area 27 Archives is to document permanently the work of Alcoholics Anonymous in Area 27, to make the history of the organization accessible to AA members and other researchers, and to provide a context for understanding the progression, principles, and traditions of AA through Area 27.

The Purpose of Archives

Consistent with AA’s primary purpose of maintaining our sobriety and helping other alcoholics achieve recovery, the Archives of Area 27 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 Area 27.
  • Hold and preserve such material.
  • Provide access to these materials, as determined by the archivist in consultation with the 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 Area 27 and A.A. as a whole.
  • Promote knowledge and understanding of the origins, goals, and programs of Area 27.

The Area 27 Archives is administered by the Area 27 archivist. The policies, procedures, and projects of the Area 27 Archives are overseen by the Area 27 Archives Committee (which meets four times per year). For more information about the Area 27 Archives collections, projects, and services, see the Archives Workbook or contact the state committee chair at You can also contact us anytime with specific questions.

The Role of the Archives Committee

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 AA’s primary purpose.