Archives and History

“We are trying to build up extensive records which will be of value to a future historian...

“It is highly important that the factual material be placed in our files in such a way that there can be no substantial distortion...

“We want to keep enlarging on this idea for the sake of the full length history to come...”

— Bill W., 1957

April 10 is a historic day for Alcoholics Anonymous.

On April 10, 1939, 4,650 copies of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous became available for distribution.  Cornwall Press would deliver copies to Works Publishing company, with an office on William Street in Newark, New Jersey. The grand bill for the print run was $1,783.00!

Copies were also delivered directly to “friends” of the Fellowship, including associates of Rockefeller who aided significantly in the publishing venture.

Today, over 40 million copies have been sold!

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