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Arkansas Area

Al-Anon / Alateen

The following are selected significant dates in Al-Anon/Alateen history:


1939 - Family groups begin to form

1951 - Lois W., wife of Bill W., co-founder of AA, and Anne †††††††††††† B. founded Al-Anon. The first World Service Office †††††††††††† was opened in New York to provide services to †††††††††††† eighty-seven groups located in the United States, †††††††††††† Canada, Australia, South Africa, and Ireland.

1955 - The first hard cover book, The Al-Anon Family †† †††††††††††† Groups, is published

1957 - First Alateen group is started in Pasadena, ††††††††† †††††††††††† California

1962 - Ann Landers writes the first of many articles about †††††††††††† Al-Anon

Al-Anon History

We are most fortunate to have such a wonderful Archives!† Through the generous gifts of many and the hard work of others, Arkansas has one of the finest Al-Anon Archives around.


Some may wonder why we bother to document and preserve our past.† The answer is quite simple Ė we look to the past to protect the future.

"Lois Remembers" book signed by Lois W. with a personal note to her friend who donated the book to Arkansas archives.

Our Archives is located inside the Wolf Street Center, 1015 Louisiana Street, Little Rock, AR.

1015 Louisiana St

Shelves in archives room.

AR state Convention banner now retired to archives for storage.

Table centerpiece for Archives open house celebrating the new home of archives.

Butterfly quilt, queen size, along with embroidered pillow with slogans, was a raffle item at our state convention. Winner eventually donated them to Arkansas Archives.

Wall hanging or quilt made from Alateen events t-shirts.

Lois' house robe, donated to Arkansas Archives.

We have many, many wonderful artifacts at the Archives, including literature, audio recordings, Area Convention items, and even personal items belonging to Lois, including her house robe and an autographed copy of her book, Lois Remembers, which she gave as a gift to her friend who later donated it to the Arkansas Archives along with a personal note from Lois.


Pictures of several other items are shown here, but they really only scratch the surface of the wonderful treasure trove of items available for viewing at the Archives.


Please take time to visit and enjoy the wonderful history that has been preserved, and consider donating time and money to help continue the effort for those that come after us.

1968 - One Day at a Time in Al-Anon, our first daily †††† †††††††††††† reader, was published - over 5,000,000 copies have †††††††††††† been sold

1972 - Loisís Story, video about our co-founder, produced †††††††††††† by Al-Anon Family Groups

1985 - Al-Anonís first International Convention was held †††††††††††† in Montreal, Canada

1994 - From Survival to Recovery, first Al-Anon adult † †††††††††††† children book was published

1996 - World Service Office moves from New York to †† †††††††††††† Virginia with a staff of 56

1998 - Third Al-Anon International Convention with AA †††††††††††† participation is held in Salt Lake City, UT

2001 - Al-Anon celebrates its 50th Anniversary


Reprinted with permission† of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA