Regional Publications

The publications appearing here have been produced by the Regional Archives Committee over the years. Area 87 has produced other documents such as the booklet of Dry Drunkenness, recently published in 2017, or the green booklet Introduction to AA These publications appear on the online store.
1944—1994 AA 50th Anniversary Album in Québec
(1994, Southwestern Québec Region)

Archive: No longer sold—it can be consulted at the regional archives.

In English and French.

This look back coincides with AA’s 50th anniversary in Québec and marks a milestone in the history of archives. Evidence supports the historical facts. Produced by the Service des archives de la région Sud-Ouest du Québec, Jim, Lucien, Jacques, Danielle (a historian), a whole team of volunteers!

International Convention 1985 Fifty years in full gratitude
(1985, AAWS publisher and distributor)

Archive: Not sold—available for consultation at the regional archives

Each international convention is an opportunity to publish a souvenir book prepared by the General Service Office in New York. This one is no exception and a section of the album was written by the Service des archives de la région Sud-Ouest du Québec. Not to mention that it provides an update on the state of the Alcoholics Anonymous movement at this precise moment in its 50-year-old history!

The A.A. Arrival in Québec
(2010, Les Éditions de La Vigne, Collection des archives)
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We drew from different sources to write a story. The personal documents of Dave, Bill, Paul and Mary’s children, archival documents, excerpts from La Vigne and Le Grapevine and, of course, large excerpts from the 1944–1994 Remembrance Album enrich the history that is often written but rarely broadcast.

In a letter written to Bill W. in 1950, Dave B. expressed his desire to write a book on the beginning of the Movement in Québec. To our knowledge, this book has never been published. We hope we have filled a gap, because Dave’s story is undeniably linked to AA’s history in Québec.

“AA members in general do not consider it wise to violate a member’s anonymity, even after death, but in each case, the final decision must rest with the family.”
Excerpt: Some facts about anonymity in AA,” p. 10.

The 50th anniversary issue of the Big Book
French only
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The 50th anniversary issue of the Big Book is now 55 years old, but the captivating story of this shift from English to French publications remains the same. 1963 marked the beginning of a large number of translations of publications approved by the Publications françaises du Québec Department. Many documents are kept in the archives.

80 Years of AA—The Little Convention Diary.
French, English, Spanish content

Archive: Not sold—available for consultation at the regional archives

The souvenir journal of the 54th regional convention (87–2015) to mark the 80th anniversary of the AA movement in America led us in a process of researching our origins, transplanting them onto our soil and adapting them to the French and Spanish elements. These cultural traits shaped their style and understanding of the original American movement, which itself was strongly influenced by the urban and rural colours given to it by its founders and pioneering members.

In the following pages you will find evocative texts and images. Sometimes translated, sometimes left in their original language, these pages are addressed to the whole community, sometimes to the culture from which it comes.

CD of the Regional Conventions 2015 and 2017

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The 2015 and 2017 Conventions were an opportunity to hear many shares. To be able to keep and hear them again, the Archives Committee has imposed itself a titanic task involving many volunteers for the recording and processing of audio tracks (thanks Claude S.).

This is an exceptional opportunity to immerse yourself in listening to and even viewing the slides of Michel Lemay, PhD in sexology, ethicist and helping relationship speaker invited by the CPC to see AA from the outside.

25 other recordings, in French, English and Spanish, convey a true message of hope and recovery: Opening speech, AA romanticized history, a tramway named desire … to stop drinking, Before AA, an overview, The treatment of addicts in Québec by Michel Landry, another CPC guest, PhD in psychology, CIUSSS researcher and RISQ, UdeM associate professor, and many others including that of our late collaborator in the archives, Bernard D., telling the story of Bill W. from the book Pass-It On.

Recognition plaque at the Douglas Institute

In 2014, the Area 87 Archives Committee and the A.A. Public Information Committee are celebrating AA’s 70th anniversary in Québec in a unique way by recognizing the outstanding work of one of its psychiatrists in establishing the Alcoholics Anonymous movement in Québec.

Dr. Travis Dancey welcomed and cared for Dave B., our first member, in 1943 and 1944 and allowed him to meet AA.

Since April 7, 1944, Dave B. has had a happy sobriety and continued his relationship with Dr. Dancey, who became AA non-alcoholic director in the 1960s. Their destinies are intertwined as one of Dave’s sons also continued the relationship with Dr. Dancey. It is on the site of the Douglas Institute in Verdun that these links have developed. Dave first worked as Dr. Dancey’s gardener, then as his accountant.

The house that Dr. Dancey occupied at the time, if it still exists, could be the subject of a public commemoration and the permanent display of a small historical plaque commemorating this meeting and its unexpected turn. You can read Dr. Dancey’s testimony in the documents in the archives. In the meantime, you can visit the magnificent Douglas Institute grounds on the Verdun border and visit the Progress group, founded by Dave and other members who want to allow residents to meet the AA movement through the Treatment Centers.

The plaque reads:
Alcoholics Anonymous express gratitude to the medical community of the Douglas Hospital. The professional help provided to alcoholics began with Dave B., first member of AA in Québec in 1944. Dr. Travis E. Dancey treated Dave in the Burgess pavilion in the late 1930s, and became a good friend of AA.
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