Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Alcoholics Together records
Collection number: Coll2008-051
Collection Size: 2 archive cartons.
0.8 linear foot.
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90007
Abstract: Building committee minutes, financial statements
and related documents, Internal Revenue Service correspondence and Federal tax
returns along with general correspondence, 1971-1985 of Alcoholics Together
(AT), a Los Angeles gay and lesbian alcoholics meeting formed in 1969 which
follows the tenets and traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), along with
providing an environment affirming gay and lesbian identity.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection:
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access
Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in
writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner.
Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in
the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant
copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright.
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for
all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).
Box #, folder #, Alcoholics Together Records, Coll2008-051, ONE National
Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
Method and date of acquisition unknown.
Formerly box 103-34. Processed by Sócrates Silva and Michael C.
Processing this collection has been funded
by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records
In 1969, in Los Angeles, a group of seven gay alcoholics met to
establish an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting that provided an environment
affirming gay/lesbian identity. They attempted to have their meeting listed in
the Los Angeles AA directory; however, AA would not recognize any "closed,"
meeting, such as a gay/lesbian only meeting. The organizers subscribed to AA
tenets, traditions, and meeting format with the permission of AA, however AA
requested that the meeting not use the Alcoholic Anonymous name. AA did allow
the use of their materials and guidelines, only requesting a credit line on
copies. The organizers subsequently chose the name "Alcoholics Together" also
known as AT. In 1971, the organization opened the "AT Center" a location for
meetings, AT meetings quickly expanded and unaffiliated AT meetings spread
nationally. The AT Center continues to provide a variety of meetings for gays
and lesbians alcoholics.
Scope and Content of Collection
The bulk of the collection consists of the Alcoholic Together (AT)
building committee minutes and AT financial statements. The collection also
includes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) correspondence, AT Federal tax
returns, and related information, along with a general correspondence file. The
IRS correspondence includes AT’s request for tax-exempt status, their exchange
of correspondence, and supporting documentation which provides information on
AT and their mission. The general correspondence file includes correspondence
with the Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) Central Office in New York and other
miscellaneous organizational correspondence such as letters related to seventh
tradition obligations. The remaining folders contain meeting directories,
1977-1981, the bylaws and related documents of AT, 1977-1985, and a check
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
(Los Angeles, Calif.)
Gay clubs--California--Los Angeles
Gays--Alcohol use--California--Los Angeles