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Archives Preservation Project

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 three-phase project is in sight. The generosity of supporters has enabled Stepping Stones to make both microfilm and digital copies of the manuscript and photography archives and have two separate sets of each for safe keeping. Nearly 1,000 contributions, including matching funds from an anonymous source, generously supported these efforts. Stay in touch to learn about the next steps in the Archives Preservation Project. 

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.  

As of Nov. 2017, all of the collections have been digitized, including the William Griffith Wilson, Lois Burnham Wilson, Al-Anon, Photography collections, and the A.A. Collection. Each reel has about 1000 images and cost $626 to digitize. 

To support future phases of the Archives Preservation Project or ongoing operations of the 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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