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Archives Preservation Project

Final Drive for Digitization - New $15,525 Matching Gift Challenge Under Way

In 2010 Stepping Stones Board and Staff put forth a vision to safeguard the future availability of rare and one-of-a-kind manuscripts left in their care by Lois Wilson. Today, the goal of completing the digitization of these materials is in sight. Nearly 850 contributions, including matching funds from an anonymous source, generously supported the work to date. To finish the digitization of the final 50 microfiche reels of early A.A. material, a total of $31,050 is needed. For every dollar raised up to $15,525, a dollar match will be given through a pool of funds from the Goodnow Fund and the Trustees of Stepping Stones.

Archives Preservation Project Background

During phase one of the project 227,000 documents and 7,800 photographs were copied to microfiche. The second phase continues now as images on microfiche are copied to digital formats. As batches of reels are digitized, image files become available to researchers in the Stepping Stones Archive Center, which now has two digital viewing stations.  

To date, 108 reels have been digitized, including the William Griffith Wilson, Lois Burnham Wilson, Al-Anon, and Photography collections, and the first three reels of the A.A. Collection. Each reel has about 1000 images and costs $626 to digitize. 

To support the matching campaign to preserve material in the Stepping Stones Foundation Archives, please send an email expressing your interest to info@steppingstones.org or visit the "Support" page. A link to an early story about the campaign follows: Archives Preservation Campaign 

More Information About the Stepping Stones Archives

  • Painting of New York Bay, a family heirloom from Bill and Lois' gallery, before and after restoration.

  • Map that Bill Wilson and early AA staff used to track meetings as they were growing across the United States, before and after restoration. This map now hangs in Bill's writing studio at Stepping Stones.

  • Audio of Bill Wilson talking about how AA works, the AA way of life, and his own story. (listen).






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