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Rochester’s A.A. History


On-Line Exhibits

  • Dr. G. Kirby Collier an internationally renowned psychiatrist brings A.A. to Rochester. Dr. Collier took Bill W.’s suggestion and held the first meeting in Rochester in his office at 311 Alexander St. with 3 of his alcoholic patients.
  • As the Medical Director of Eastman Kodak Company, Dr. John L. Norris, established a program to help alcoholic employees using the voluntary services of A.A. It’s success became a model in industrial health programs.
  • Rochester’s Nell Wing was Bill W’s secretary and A.A.’s first archivist.

Photographs from the Archives Collection

  • Donated by the University of Rochester – the Cover, Title Page and Last Page are shown from a 1939 First Edition, First Printing Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Donated by the University of Maryland – the Cover and Title Page are pictured from a 1945 First Edition, Eighth Printing of the Big Book.
  • Donated by Kueka College, NY – a 1951 First Edition, Fourteenth Print Big Book shows the Cover and Title Page.
  • Donated by local A.A. member Mae L. – a 1955 Second Edition, First Print edition of the Big Book is pictured. The Cover, Dedication Page and Title Page are shown.