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. What’s more, we can now make these memories come alive for all AA members!
We have the capacity to digitize these rare recordings and to preserve them as high quality “uncompressed WAV files”. Our goal is to make these amazing and inspiring recorvery resources available to the worldwide fellowship of AA.
Our starting point on this project is to provide the talks of early and influencial members who are featured in the 1980 “Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers” (an Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. publication). You will be able to listen to them on-line or download as .mp3 files, along with an index showing where these speakers are featured in the text. Transcripts will be made available as time allows.
“Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers” is a biography of our co-founder Dr. Bob S. with recollections of early AA members in the Midwest. Below you will find links to listen on-line or download the actual voices of many of the “first one hundred” members of our fellowship…ENJOY!!