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Akron Intergroup | A.A. Archives

 

775 N. Main St
Akron, OH 44310-3044

Serving a five county area since 1954 in the birthplace of A.A. Map

St. Thomas Hospital

 

444 North Main Street Akron, OH 44310-3110
The first alcoholic ward where Dr. Bob & Sister Ignatia worked to help 5,ooo alcoholics. Memorial in the chapel on the second floor. Map

Mayflower Hotel

 

263 S Main St.
Akron, Ohio 44308-1240
Bill made the call to Rev. Tunks and then Henrietta from this hotel. Map

Mt. Peace Cemetery

 

Dr. Bob''s Grave (across from 230 Aqueduct)
Mount Peace Cemetery
183 Aqueduct Drive
Akron Ohio 44303-2001
Resting place of Dr. Bob & Anne Plot: Section 21, Lot 65, Grave 7 +41° 5’ 49.34”, -81° 31’ 59.41” 41.097040, -81.533170 Map

King School (Original Location)

 

805 Memorial Pkwy.
Akron, Ohio 44303-1640

“AA Group #1” met here after moving from Dr. Bob’s house on Ardmore Ave. Please respect the privacy of this elementary school. Map

Rev. Tunks' Rectory

 

Rev. Tunks was responsibile for Bill calling Henrietta. The call came to his rectory at the corner of Casterton Ave. & Edgerton Rd (Private residence). Map

T. Henry & Clarace Williams'' Home

 

676 Palisades Dr.
Akron, Ohio 44303-1706

The “Drunk Squad“ of the Oxford Group met here before moving to Dr. Bob’s home. (Private residence). Map

Seiberling Gatehouse (Stan Hywet Estate)

 

Garman Rd. & Portage Path
714 N Portage Path
Akron, OH 44303-1363
(330) 836-5533

Henrietta Seiberling’s home where Bob & Bill first met. Closed Monday Tues. - Thurs. 10-4 | Fri. & Sat. 9-4 Sun. Map

Portage Country Club

 

240 N Portage Path
Akron, OH 44303-1244
(330) 836-4994

Bill stayed here for two weeks before moving in with Bob & Anne. Map

Dr. Bob's Home

 

855 Ardmore Ave
Akron, OH 44302-1240
(330) 864-1935

Dr. Bob & Anne lived here until their passing; Anne in 1949 and Bob in 1950. Open to the public Noon-3 everyday but Christmas. (Special hours Founders'' Day weekend). Map

Dr. Bob's Office

 

157 S Main St
Akron, Ohio 44308

Currently Key Bank Building. Map

Bill D. (A.A. #3) Gravesite

 

Greenlawn Cemetery,
2580 Romig Rd. 44320-3829
(330) 745-4515

Plot: Section F, Lot 517, Grave 3. Map

Some people involved with the Akron Intergroup and the Akron A.A. Archives had the inspiration to make the painting "The Man on the Bed" into a stained glass window. The finished project fills the whole front window of the Intergroup Office and was done in time for Founders Day weekend, 2001. The Four Absolutes (Honesty, Purity, Unselfishness, and Love) are on the four sides and the picture is bordered by sobriety medallions contributed by many local members and set into the glass. This is truly a work of love and dedication, and many people helped by adding a few pieces whenever they could. In the evening, with the light of the setting sun coming through the panels, it was breathtaking. If you're in the area be sure to stop in and see this, and the rest of the AA Archives.

The Akron AA Archives has been blessed with stewardship of a substantial, rare collection of recorded speaker “leads” dating back to the early days of our fellowship. Currently there are over 400 of these talks representing a treasure of early AA history, many in their original form on cassettes or reel-to-reel tape. These have been “passed on” to us by members and treated with loving care. However without appropriate preservation, these links to the past were in danger of being lost forever. Modern technology has provided a solution. We can now make these memories come alive for all AA members!

We have the capacity to digitize and preserve these rare recordings. Our goal is to make these amazing and inspiring recovery resources available to the worldwide fellowship of AA. 

Below you will find links to listen online or download the actual voices of some of the “first one hundred” members of our fellowship. Select the link to listen, or right-click and choose "save as..." to download the mp3 file.

 


 Archie T. “The Man Who Mastered Fear”

Sobriety Date: September 3, 1938

Archie came to Akron in September of 1938 and stayed for 10½ months with Dr. Bob and Anne Smith before returning to take A.A. back to Michigan. He appears in “Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers” on pages 115-116, 182.

Archie T MP3

 


Norman Y.

Sobriety Date: January 28, 1939

Norman had lost his wife and family, his job and his sight to bootleg liquor when Jack D. took the A.A. message to him in Youngstown. In 1940 he had the Big Book transcribed in braille and sent out to other blind A.A. members. He appears in “Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers” on pages 183-184, 221, 223, 249-250, 263.

Norman Y MP3


Danny K. 

Sobriety Date: During WWII

A minister's son from Barberton, Ohio and physically handicapped from childhood, Dan describes his journey on the “road to hell”. He came to St. Thomas Hospital under the care of Dr. Bob and Sister Ignatia during WWII. He appears in “Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers” on pages 192, 224-225, 233, 275, 281-282, 296.

Danny K MP3


Ann C.

Sobriety Date: April 1, 1948

The daughter of a lay minister, teatotaling Ann was living in Akron, teaching Sunday School and working as a waitress at the lunch counter of the 2nd National Bank Building. She watched the doctor with a perpetual hangover and wonder why he didn''t “just quit drinking.” She saw him again years later at the podium of the King School group, not knowing he was “the” Dr. Bob, co-founder of the program that saved her life. She appears in “Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers” on pages 34, 245, 333, 342.

Ann C MP3


Bruce M.

Sobriety Date: October 1945

A graduate of both Duke and Yale law schools, by early 1945 Bruce found himself about to lose his wife, his children and his job. Two members of a Canton AA group answered his desperate call for help in October of that year. His achievements, awards, and citations over the next 40 “sober” years are testament to the power of unity, service, and recovery in AA. He appears in “Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers” on pages 276-277.

Bruce M 1963 MP3

Bruce M 1965 MP3


Ed B.

Sobriety Date: August 8, 1944

Ed''s service to the Akron area spanned nearly three decades. He is perhaps best remembered as editor of the Akron Intergroup News.
He appears in “Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers” on pages 148, 150, 224, 228-230, 271, 274-275, 325-326.

Ed B MP3


Bill D.

Sobriety Date: June 26, 1935

Alcoholics Anonymous No. 3. His story is found on page 182 in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th editions of our Big Book. "He kept the faith." Bill W.

Bill D MP3


Clarence S.

Sobriety Date: February 1938

”The Home Brewmeister“. His story his is found on page 274 in the 1st edition, 297 in the 2nd and 3rd edition. Started AA in Cleveland.

Clarence S MP3


Ernie G.

A.A. No. 78

Ernie G MP3


Rollie H.

Sobriety Date: April 1939

Cleveland Indian Catcher. Publicity from his sobriety influenced Bill in the writing of the 11th Tradition.

Rollie H MP3


Henrietta Seiberling
Akron Oxford group member who arranged the first meeting between founders Bill W. and Bob S. at the Stan Hywet Gatehouse.

Henrietta MP3


Sister Ignatia

A.A.’s Angel of Mercy. Worked with Dr. Bob S. at Akron St. Thomas Hospital (now Summa Healthcare). Together they worked with over 5,000 of A.A.’s earliest members.

Sister Ignatia MP3


Dr. Bob's Message to Bill & Lois

A wire recording of Bob and Anne (the Mother of AA )

Dr. Bob Message MP3


Ethel M.

Sobriety Date: 1941

First women in A.A. with continuous sobriety. Her story appears in the 2nd and 3rd Edition, page 261, ”From Farm to City“.

Ethel M MP3


Madeline V.

One of the early Akron women. With Sister Ignatia, she started the St. Thomas Panel meeting in 1949. See pages 283-285 in “Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers”

Madeline V MP3

Right click on the speaker name and choose "Save Target As..." to download an mp3 version of the talk.

 



 Theresa F.

Saturday Night

Submitted By: Joyce B.

Uploaded 12/11/2017 


TimH.

Sunday Night 2019

Submitted By: Joyce B.

Uploaded 2/19/2018 


 

Dain J

AA-Alanon 2019

Submitted By: Jeff C.

Uploaded 7/10/2018 


Rhonda J

AA-Alanon 2019

Submitted By: Jeff C.

Uploaded 7/10/2018 


Executive Board May 3, 2018

May 3, 2018 Board Meeting

Uploaded 7/11/2018 


Denny S.

Woodland Hills, CA

For Approved Speaker List

Submitted By: Tom O

Uploaded 9/4/2018 


John G.

Akron, OH

Friday Early Bird 2019

Submitted By: Aaron K

Uploaded 9/24/2018 


ChadS.

Akron, OH

Friday Early Bird 2019

Submitted By: Aaron K.

Uploaded 10/15/2018 

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