Pursuant to our primary purpose of maintaining our sobriety and helping other alcoholics achieve sobriety, the Archives Committee preserves the legacy of Alcoholics Anonymous with an emphasis on A.A. in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan Area 55. This is accomplished by receiving, classifying, indexing and storing all relevant materials including but not limited to correspondence, convention programs, tape recordings, and literary works considered to have historical import to A.A. in Area 55 or A.A. as a whole. The Committee ensures A.A.’s history is preserved by making access to the materials possible, with a mindful view toward anonymity of our members.

Want the Archives Display at your event?

Upon request the committee will come to your A.A. groups anniversary or special event to set up the Area 55 Archives display.  Please give us a two week notice to plan our attendance. Please call Central Office at 419-380-9862 for more information.

Does your group have history to share?

The Area 55 Archives Committee is asking for donations of archival materials: flyers, pamphlets, letters and other items that are of interest to the preservation of the history of Area 55. These items may be donated during our monthly meeting or brought to Central Office.

We ask that groups please submit names of members with 25 years of sobriety or more to the Archives Committee. You may also provide an updated Group History. Send this information to Central Office or to our P.O. Box 401, Toledo OH 43697.

Committee Meetings

Date/Time: Fourth Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Central Office, 3328 Glanzman Road, Toledo, OH 43614

Contact the Chair

The chair of the Archives Committee is Melissa T. You can email the committee at archives@area55aa.org.

Are you interested in service work?

We are always looking for individuals who wish to help in preserving our legacy. Specifically, we have the following needs:

  • Tape transcription (spoken word to paper)
  • Document preservation (treating documents to prevent deterioration)
  • Interviewing and recording “Old Timers” in Area 55
  • Recording local A.A. group history for compilation into a Group Family Tree of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan
  • Donation of A.A. related materials


Oral History/Lead Release Form