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Visiting the G.S.O. Archives

We invite you to tour our Archives exhibit area here at the General Service Office in New York City at 475 Riverside Drive. Our building is at the cross streets of 120th St. and Riverside, one block west of Broadway. We’re easy to reach by subway, bus, or cab.

We welcome visitors Monday through Friday from about 9:00 to 4:00, but Friday is often the day visitors choose to come, as the staff host an open A.A. meeting at 11:00 a.m. each Friday, which is always very warm and well-attended.

The archives department has a number of historical displays and exhibits. We welcome visitors to browse and explore here, and we’ll try to answer any questions you may have about our history. Visitors can view our first edition Big Books and our historical photographs; take an informative self-guided tour; sit in our library and read books, Grapevines, early bulletins and newsletters; browse through our wonderful 1930s and 1940s A.A. scrapbooks; and more.

(If you are planning extensive research, please note our access policies require pre-approval. Our policies and researcher application are listed under “Research Using the G.S.O. Archives.”)

Visitors may also request a guided tour of the whole office – you don’t have to make an appointment – where you’ll meet the staff, learn about how the office functions and how we provide services to the Fellowship.