Area 39 Archives Mission Statement
The mission of the Alcoholics Anonymous Area 39 Archives is to document permanently the work of Alcoholics Anonymous in the Western Area of Missouri, to make the history of the organization accessible to A.A. members and other researchers, and to provide a context for understanding A.A.’s progression, principles, and traditions.
A Word About Anonymity Archives policy on Anonymity
How Can Your Group Help the WAMO Archives The Area Archives is a repository of historical information and photos solely dedicated to preserve the history of Alcoholics Anonymous Area 39, Western Missouri. Please send us your group’s meeting minutes, location pictures, group histories, and long timer stories. Photos sent digitally should include where, when, member’s names and the order from left to right where applicable. Mailed in photos need the same information written in pencil on the back of the photo please. For anonymity purposes please only send photos not showing any faces of members. Still not sure what to send, contact the Area Archivist.
You can update your group’s history by using the Archives Group History Report Also, a guide for writing your A.A. group history is available: Let Us Not Forget the Past: How to Write an A.A. Group History
All materials sent electronically should be in a .pdf format and can be emailed to the Area Archivist. Hard copies are acceptable and can be delivered by your group’s GSR at the next assembly. You can also mail them to the archives: Area 39 Archives, 311 W 80th Terrace, Kansas City, MO, 64114.
Oral Histories Have some old timers in your group? Want to get to know them better? Want to learn more about their experience in A.A.? Collecting oral histories is a great way to find out so much more about Alcoholics Anonymous and help preserve the fellowship’s history. Use these resources to capture a successful oral history. Oral History “How To’s”
Scavenger Hunt The Archivist needs you help to locate some missing items from the Area Archives. The Scavenger Hunt list Missing items include recordings from Western Area conventions, Institution Weekends, State Conventions, and copies of the Grapevine magazine. Check back often as the list is updated regularly.
What Can the Archives Do for Me? You can learn more about the WAMO Archives by scheduling a visit to the Archives. We also have Traveling Archives exhibits that are available for workshops, meetings, and conferences. Contact the Archives by phone or email to schedule a visit or to learn about the Archives Traveling Display’s, Presentations and to schedule an Archives Workshop in your district.
Visit! The Area 39 Archives You are invited to come and explore the Area 39 Archives and take a walk through the history of the Area and groups within Area 39. Due to limited staffing, we ask that you please make an appointment. Please contact the Area Archivist to schedule your visit. (link to Archivist email, The office is located at 311 W 80th Terrace, Kansas City, MO, 64114.
Can’t wait to visit. Check out this Virtual Tour for a sneak peak of the treasures that await you at the archives.
Area Archives Committee The Area Archives Committee collects, organizes, and preserves records of the WAMO; sets policies and institutes procedures for the WAMO Archives; and reviews the finances of the committee. Archives Guidelines
Area Archivist The Area Archivist is an elected position and ratified by the Area Assembly. Archivist serves a five-year term with the current Archivist allowed to stand for two additional consecutive terms of 5 years. Archives Guidelines
District Archives Chair Each District is encouraged to appoint a District Archives Chair to maintain and compile your District’s history. The responsibilities should be outlined to meet the needs of each individual District. Here is just a sample of what a district’s guidelines could include to outline responsibilities of the district archive chair. Sample-District guidelines Contact your DCM for details.
- Continually converting Paper Documents to Digital
- Locating Area 39 Letters in Older Grapevines. Find a letter in a Grapevine? Let the Archivist know.
- Cataloging the Contents of the Archives
- Digital Archives: Creating a digital database for you to browse online
- Oral Histories: Collecting oral histories and making them available online.
Come join us at an Archives workshop! Events will be posted here when they are scheduled. Schedule your Workshop today! Contact: Area Archives Chair
Traveling Archives 2024: Come see some of what the Area 39 Archives has to offer.
- January 27-28 Area Assembly Sedalia, Mo
- March 23-24 Area Assembly Sedalia, Mo
- May 4 Institutions Forum
- June 22-23 Area Assembly Sedalia, Mo
- August 2-4 Missouri State Convention Jefferson City, MO
- August 17 Many Faces of Grapevine Buffalo, MO
- September 20-21 Area Assembly Sedalia, MO
- October 11-13 SWRAASA Dallas, MO
- October 25-27 Colors of Fall Western Area Missouri (WAMO) Convention Branson, MO
A Word About Anonymity Archives policy on Anonymity
Archivist Cheri J. Area Archivisit
Archives Committee Chair Chuck P. Archives Chair
WAMO Archives Office 311 W 80th Terrace, Kansas City, MO, 64114
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