In May of 1951, the first letter to the Al‑Anon Family Groups was written by Lois W. and Anne B. Below is a copy of the original correspondence. More information and interesting discussion questions specific to this documentation are found on pages 37-39 of Many Voices, One Journey (B-31).

[From page 38 of Many Voices, One Journey (B-31)]

 Dear Friends,

Since experience has proved that the A.A. Program is a way of life which can be helpful to the non-alcoholic, there are now 87 A.A. family groups (including some Loners) known to the [Alcoholic] Foundation, and perhaps as many more unregistered. The purpose of these groups is threefold:

  1. To give cooperation and understanding to the A.A. at home.
  2. To live by the Twelve Steps ourselves in order to grow spiritually along with our A.A.
  3. To welcome and give comfort to the families of new A.A.s.

The time has come when it seems wise to unify these groups. A post office box in New York City, to be used as a clearing house, has been secured, and Lois W. has volunteered to act as temporary Chairman.

The following questions present themselves:

  1. Do you approve of the name A.A. Family Group? If not, what do you suggest?
  2. Should we not adopt the Twelve Steps as written for A.A., without change or embellishment?

As this is a clearing house, let’s have your ideas and suggestions. Please send them to Post Office Box 1475, Grand Central Annex, New York 17, N.Y.

Very Sincerely,

Lois W., Chairman

Anne B., Secretary