Founded in 2014 in Sedona, Arizona by Jay S. and William S., the Symposium was envisioned as a place where scholars and lovers of A.A. history could share current discoveries based on primary and archival research. After four years in Sedona, the torch was passed on to a new generation of A.A. historians. 

2017 - Symposium IV - Sedona, AZ

  • Bill W.’s White Light Experience 
  • History of Cocaine Anonymous 
  • Ebby’s Story 
  • Women in A.A.: 1939 to the Present 
  • Hank P.: the Co-Founder Who Drank 
  • A History of the Young People’s Movement in A.A. 
  • Richmond Walker & the Twenty-Four Hour-a-Day Book 
  • The Debt A.A. Owes to the Rockefellers 
  • Videography, a Historians Tool 

2016 - Symposium III - sedona, az

  • Agnostica: Bringing A.A. to the Unbeliever 
  • “King” Charles Towns of New York City 
  • A Candid View of the “Lady Lush” Marty M. 
  • An Interview with Rt. Rev. Ward Ewing 
  • From Psychic to Psychedelic: Bill W. at the Frontiers of Consciousness 
  • “In Their Own Words”: The Recovery of People of Color & LGBTQ in Early A.A. 
  • June, 1945, Bill W. Resigns; Now What Happens? 
  • Lois W. and her Legacy at Stepping Stones 
  • A New Pair of Goggles: The Spread of A.A. Internationally by the Armed Forces 
  • Persistent Urban Legends in A.A.
  • A Virtual Tour of “Wilson House” in Dorset, VT

2015 - Symposium II - Sedona, AZ

  •  Passing It On: The Creation of Narcotics Anonymous 
  • “History” Means Telling an Evidence-based Story 
  • Bill W. Fights for Alcoholic Majority 
  • How Many of the First 100 Stayed Sober? 
  • Interview with Mel B. 
  • Dubious Sources and Myths in A.A. History 
  • Crafting the Serenity Prayer 
  • Rewriting the Big Book 4th Edition 
  • Sam Shoemaker and A.A.'s Beginnings 
  • Akron’s Two Jewels: Dr. Bob's House and the Akron Intergroup Archives
  • Bill W.: The Early Years 

2014 - Symposium I - Sedona, AZ

  • Uncovering Rowland Hazard 
  • Whatever Happened to the Oxford Group?
  • What Did They Really Say?
  • What Were Those Two Early AA Meetings Like?
  • In From the Cold: Father Ed Dowling
  • The New York Atheist
  • Show Me the Money: Bill W.'s Finances
  • Archival Treasures