South Jersey Intergroup Association of Alcoholics Anonymous

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P.O. Box 2514 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Local: 856-486-4444
Office: 856-486-4446

Resources - SJIG Archives

The Archive Committee organizes and stores historic materials regarding the South Jersey Intergroup.  We gather histories of the groups and Old-timers for our area.  If you have historic documents/literature to donate or would like to be interviewed about your group's story or your own personal story, please email us at

Archive Tidbits :: June History

June 1, 1949 Anne Smith, Dr. Bob's wife, died.
June 4, 2002 Caroline Knapp, author of "Drinking: A Love Story" died sober of lung cancer.
June 5, 1940 Ebby Thatcher took a job at the NY Worlds Fair.
June 6, 1940 The first AA Group in Richmond, VA, was formed.
June 1979 AA gave the two-millionth copy of the Big Book to Joseph Califano, then Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. It was presented by Lois Wilson, Bill's wife, in New York.
June 7, 1939 Bill and Lois Wilson had an argument, the first of two times Bill almost slipped.
June 1941 The first AA Group in St. Paul, Minnesota, was formed.
June 8, 1941 Three AA's started a group in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
June 10, 1935 The date that is celebrated as Dr. Bob's last drink and the official founding date of AA. There is some evidence that the founders, in trying to reconstruct the history, got the date wrong and it was actually June 17.
June 11, 1945 Twenty-five hundred attend AA's 10th Anniversary in Cleveland, Ohio.
June 1969 Dr. Bob's granddaughter, Bonna, daughter of Sue Smith and Ernie Galbraith (The Seven Month Slip in the First Edition) killed herself after first killing her six-year-old child.
June 1971 Ernie Galbraith died.
June 13, 1945 Morgan R. gave a radio appearance for AA with large audience. He was kept under surveillance to make sure he didn't drink.
June 15, 1940 First AA Group in Baltimore, MD, was formed.
June 16, 1938 Jim Burwell, "The Vicious Cycle" in Big Book, had his last drink.
June 17, 1942 New York AA groups sponsored the first annual NY area meeting. Four hundred and twenty-four heard Dr. Silkworth and AA speakers.
June 18, 1940 One hundred attended the first meeting in the first AA clubhouse at 334-1/2 West 24th St., New York City.
June 19, 1942 Columnist Earl Wilson reported that NYC Police Chief Valentine sent six policemen to AA and they sobered up. "There are fewer suicides in my files," he commented.
June 21, 1944 The first Issue of the AA Grapevine was published.
June 24, 1938 Two Rockefeller associates told the press about the Big Book "Not to bear any author's name but to be by 'Alcoholics Anonymous.'"
June 25, 1939 The New York Times reviewer wrote that the Big Book is "more soundly based psychologically than any other treatment I have ever come upon."
June 26, 1935 Bill Dotson. (AA #3) entered Akron's City Hospital for his last detox and his first day of sobriety.
June 28, 1935 Dr. Bob and Bill Wilson visited Bill Dotson at Akron's City Hospital.
June 30, 1941 Ruth Hock showed Bill Wilson the Serenity Prayer and it was adopted readily by AA.
June 2000 More than 47,000 from 87 countries attended the opening meeting of the 65th AA Anniversary in Minneapolis, MN.
Other significant events in June for which we have no specific date:
June 1948 A subscription to the AA Grapevine was donated to the Beloit, Wisconsin, Public Library by a local AA member.
June 1981 AA in Switzerland held its 25th Anniversary Convention with Lois Wilson and Nell Wing in attendance.

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Personal Histories

We are collecting personal histories of AA members with 30+ years of sobriety. These histories help us to learn more about the beginnings of AA in our area, as well as understand how AA has changed over the years.

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