Archives Committee

Archives Committee Chair – Patience B.

Archivist – Michelle T.

The Archives Room, located at the Albuquerque Central Office, 1921 Alvarado.

We have been inventorying the files and are making them available for all to see what we have collected. Please contact Michelle if you have any questions.

Area 46 Archives – Books, Pamphlets, photos, Reports

Area 46 Archives – File Contents

Area 46 Conventions and Assemblies

Area 46 Archives Mission Statement

The mission of Alcoholics Anonymous in Area 46 Archives is to document permanently the work of Area 46 and its Districts, to make the history of the organization accessible to A.A. members and other researchers, and to provide a context for understanding Alcoholics Anonymous’ progression, principles and traditions.


Consistent with A.A.’s primary purpose of maintaining our sobriety and helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety, the Archives of Alcoholics Anonymous, Area 46 will:

  • Receive, classify and index all relevant material, such as administrative files and records, correspondence, and literary works and artifacts considered to have historical importance to Area 46
  • Hold and preserve such material
  • Provide access to these materials, as determined by the archivist in consultation with the Archives Committee, to members of Alcoholics Anonymous and to others who may have a valid need to review such material, contingent upon a commitment to preserve the anonymity of our members
  • Serve as a resource and laboratory to stimulate and nourish learning
  • Provide information services to assist the operations of Alcoholics Anonymous in Area 46
  • Promote knowledge and under-standing of the origins, goals, and program of Alcoholics Anonymous as it pertains to Area 46

Collection Scope

The collection scope defines what the Area Archivist and/or Archives Chair will collect or will NOT collect. The scope must be relative to the facilities that are available to safely house archived materials.

  • Books/pamphlets about A.A. within New Mexico
  • Documents developed locally to support 12th Step work
  • Photographs
  • Directories
  • Meeting Lists
  • Newsletters (particularly those published by Area 46)
  • Audio recordings
  • News clippings
  • Magazine articles
  • Correspondence
  • Minutes of service committees and/or Area Assemblies
  • Grapevines that include New Mexico AA members

Adopted by the 2019 Archives Committee at the Area Assembly on September 7, 2019.


The Archives committee has a variety of presentations available to be used for any number of events and functions.  These presentations are separated as HISTORY, WORKSHOPS, and ENTERTAINMENT.  To see a complete list of presentations that the Archives Committee can make available to your Group or District, right click and open link : ARCHIVES PRESENTATION LIST   Please contact the Archives Chair to have any of these presentations brought to your Group or District or Event.


Over the years there have been a variety of regional histories compiled and saved in our Archives.  Below are a few links to several of these regional histories.  If you are interested, there are some interesting stories about early AA here in New Mexico.

Archives - La LuzA Condensed History of Area 46

Regional History New Mexico

Regional History Clovis

Regional History Lea County

Regional History Otero County

Regional History San Juan

Regional History Santa Fe



La Luz Clay Pottery near Alamogordo, NM

Once owned by Rowland H.



Albuquerque, NM – 1946

In 1946, around February, there were fourteen members getting together one night a week at the downtown meeting on Gold Avenue.  I believe that it was then called the Metro Group.  About this time the Isleta Group also started.  The Metro and Islet groups went together as one group for a while in the early years.  In 1949 or 1950 the Metro Group reformed and moved to Ninth and Kent and changed its name to Metropolitan Group.

(George V 1976) Archives - Original Grapevines

Santa Fe, NM 1989

For many years there was no Central Office/Intergroup Office in Santa Fe.  In the beginning, Art S. answered the calls in his office.  In 1969, Bob L’s first sponsor, Steve was answering AA calls on his home phone.  When Bruce I called the AA number listed in the phone book in 1972, an answering service staffed by “Old Helen” sent a twelve step caller named Bert K……By 1987, the community saw a need for a Central Office………The first Santa Fe Central office was opened in the radio building on Marcy Street where the rent was $200 per month.  The office was incorporated as a nonprofit organization on August 18, 1989.

(Submitted by D-2 Archives in 2006)

Tularosa, NM – 1949

In early 1949 Art T in Tularosa was having some trouble with his drinking.  He was looking through some old magazines and ran across an issue of the Saturday Evening Post of march 1, 1941 which contained the Jack Alexander article about Alcoholics Anonymous.

After reading the article, Art T wrote to Akron for some literature.  By the time he received the literature he had contacted another man in Tularosa who was also having some trouble with his drinking.  The two of them contacted one of their drinking friends named Jess T.  The three of them started holding a meeting in Tularosa once a week in the Fall of 1949.

(Sam B October 1981)

Archives - Lasker 2

Original Duplicate Copy of Lasker Award given to NM delegate in 1951

Santa Fe NM – 1946

Dr. Miles N got sober in Kansas City in 1941 on the heels of the Jack Alexander articles.  Dr. N vacationed in Santa Fe regularly, and in 1946 was trying to help his nephew Bob N. Ultimately, the first meeting in Santa Fe started as the Santa Fe Group (now known as the Downtown Group).  It was started in 1946 by Dr. N’s nephew Bob N, Art S, Bill B Jr and a waitress from La Fonda.  Art S’s ex-wife Lenna joined AA in 1948.

Lovington, NM – 1945

During WWII Bernard L served as a United States Naval Flight Instructor.  He was drinking when he wasn’t flying.  He was introduced to AA in Oklahoma City, OK, but shortly thereafter he and his wife moved to Lovington, NM.  He wrote Grand Central Annex, New York and asked if there were any AA groups in New Mexico.  They wrote back that there was only one. It was in Carlsbad with seven members.  This was in 1945.  Bernard went to Carlsbad where he met Ick C from Hobbs, NM.  Bernard and Ick started meeting first at Bernard’s house, then at Ick’s.  They called it the Lea County Group.

Farmington, NM – 1952

The first AA meeting in Farmington was held in 1952?  It was held in the USGS Office by Al K. and a gal named Lola who had been attending a meeting in Durango, CO.  Upon receipt of an inquiry from a newcomer in Farmington, they decided to hold their first ever meeting in Farmington.  The meeting did not last.

La Luz, NM – 1936

Records reflect that Rowland H left New Mexico for the last time by train in August 1936.  He managed several properties and businesses in Southern New Mexico including the La Luz Clay Pottery Factory. The properties and businesses were dissolved by 1950.  The La Luz Clay Pottery Factory was listed on the National Register Of Historic Places in 1979.  It is currently used as a private residence.

Santa Fe, NM – 1947

Regarding translation work, we read in the February 1947 issue of the AA Grapevine, the following account:

“A second booklet in the Spanish language, based principally on Akron No.1 Group’s Manual for AA., has just been made ready for press by the Santa Fe NM Group.  The first booklet, The first booklet, ¿Ha De Ser Esto Nuestro Sino? was a translation into Spanish of the Salt Lake No 1 Group’s Who? Me? And portions of Akron’s Guide to the 12 Steps.”


Role of Area Archives Chair (Proposed)

Role of Area Archivist (Proposed)

To become a volunteer or to find out more about Area 46 Archives, contact


September 2015 ARCHIVES Committee Report

October 2015 ARCHIVES Committee Report

November 2015 ARCHIVES Committee Report

December 2015 ARCHIVES Committee Report



If your district does not have an archivist and you have given some thought to serving in that capacity, download this file and read what archivists do. If you are able and willing, contact your DCM and ask him/her to appoint you. Of course, call with questions.

Click here for a downloadable Group History Form. Please provide a copy to your District Archivist (or DCM) and the Area Archivist – at the next Area Assembly is fine, or send to Archives, address below.

The “Oral History Kit” from GSO is also available: Oral History Kit – GSO

Mailing Address:

Area 46 Archives
1921 Alavardo NE
Albuquerque , NM 87110
Hours of Operation : By appointment and 2nd Saturday of each month.

Links to related (AA) websites:

·       GSO Archives:

·       Akron AA Archives:

Do It Yourself Workshops

Archives – an overview