International Christian Recovery Coalition

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 January 20, 2011

The Dr. Bob Core Library
Housed at North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury

Prepared by Dick B. and Ken B.
July 11, 2009
© 2009 Anonymous. All rights reserved

 Part 1: Resource Binders of Materials Relating to Dr. Bob and St. Johnsbury, Vermont

(20 three-ring binders of material)

Binder (no #): Introduction: The Challenge and Direction of the Dr. Bob Resource Volumes

Focus: The Creator's role in Dr. Bob's life and early A.A.; the language Dr. Bob used; the likely St. Johnsbury influences on the early A.A. program; the documented remarks of Dr. Bob; the central purpose of this study; connecting the whole: the Akron program and the St. Johnsbury factors that might have impacted on it; revivals in Vermont; relevance of Dwight L. Moody; significance of the Fairbanks family of St. Johnsbury; the influence of Dr. Bob's family; the influence of his church; the influence of his Sunday school; the influence of the Christian Endeavor Society; the influence of the Young Men's Christian Association (the YMCA); the influence of St. Johnsbury Academy; the community changes between 1875 and 1898.

Volume IA: Highlights and Contents

Volume IB: The Key Remarks of A.A.'s Cofounders, Bill W. and Dr. Bob

Volume II (?):  

Volume III: Dr. Bob's Birthplace

Volume IV: The St. Johnsbury of Dr. Bob's Youth

Volume V: The Town of St. Johnsbury, Vermont

The historical places and history you'll find when you visit Dr. Bob's birthplace

Volume VI: The Fairbanks Family, Congregationals, Community, Philanthropy

The unusual vision and Christian altruism of this remarkable St. Johnsbury family

Volume VII:

Volume VIII: North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury

Worship, Sunday School, Missions, Revivals, Evangelism, Town Meetings, Christian Endeavor, YMCA

Volume IXA: Vermont Congregationalism--Churches and Activities

Volume IXB: Vermont Congregationalism, Conversions, Evangelism, and Revivals

Volume X:

Revivals, Evangelism, Gospel Meetings, the "Great Awakening" of 1875 in St. Johnsbury

Volume XI (?):

Volume XII: The Young Men's Christian Association (the YMCA)

Volume XIII (?):

Volume XIV (?):

Volume XV

The St. Johnsbury Academy, Its Importance, Dr. Bob's Parents, and Dr. Bob--Student and Graduate

Fairbanks family, Christian and Congregational foundations, morals and education, curricula, the Young Men's Christian Association (the YMCA)

Volume XVI
The Fairbanks Museum: Part of the Town Archives, Educational System, Fairbanks Legacy

Volume XVII (?):

Volume XVIII: The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum (Town Library and Historical Resource)

Archives, connections with the Fairbanks Museum and the St. Johnsbury Academy, resource library, Fairbanks legacy

Volume XIX: Tracing the Roots from St. Johnsbury to Akron

Abstinence--Christian Endeavor, YMCA, Congregational Churches;

Reliance on our Creator for guidance, strength, and healing--all elements

Conversion through Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior--all elements

Bible study, prayer meetings, Quiet Hour, Religious Fellowship--all elements

Church attendance--Christian Endeavor, Congregational Churches, the Academy

Reading of Christian literature and topical discussions--all elements

Love and Service--Key words in Christian Endeavor

Part 2:

The Dennis Wayne Cassidy Collection
Alcoholics Anonymous Historical Books, Pamphlets, Pictures,
Papers, Memorabilia, and Personal Items

(Six bankers boxes of material)

Box 1: Dick B. and Historian Dennis Cassidy's Resource Materials

            One binder, two bound 8 1/2" x 11" documents, and three manila folders [Six (6) items]

Box 2: The Dennis Cassidy Complete Catalog of All Bill Wilson's Public Talks
            [One (1) item]

Box 3: A.A. Conference Literature, Correspondence, Announcements & Disputes
            (102 folders)

Box 4: 32 Oxford Group Books, Seven Shoemaker Books, Two A.A. Books, Begbie & Salvation            Army, Drummond, Background Christian (45 books)

Box 5: Mostly A.A. Conference-approved Pamphlets and Literature of A.A., Al-Anon, National Council on Alcoholism, Area and Local Groups & Personal Cards and Addresses
            (Approximately 700 items)

Box 6: 2 Three-Ring Binders of 8 1/2" x 11" A.A.-related Documents; A Smaller Six-Ring            Binder and Loose Dennis Cassidy Materials; Six A.A.-related Books, and a Concordance            (10 Items)

Onsite Inventory of

The Dr. Bob Core Library

At North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, Vermont


On August 25, 2009, Richard S. called Ken B. from the North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, and provided him with the following “live,” onsite inventory of the partially-completed “Dr. Bob Core Library” housed at North Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The “Dr. Bob Core Library” currently takes up four shelves at the church. Ken B. prepared and later edited the following inventory as Richard S. dictated the contents of the library over the phone. The resources below represent approximately one-quarter of the material ultimately envisioned for the “Dr. Bob Core Library.” The remaining three-quarters will be placed in the library as benefactors make additional funding available. (Please see the “Dr. Bob Core Library” Project page on the International Christian Recovery Coalition web site for more information:

Top (Fourth) Shelf

The top shelf (and part of the shelf below it) contain books by Dick B. on the roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in early A.A.’s astonishing successes. There is a little sign on the top shelf saying: “Dr. Bob Core Library: Help Yourself Compliments of Dick B.” In other words, visitors are invited to take one or more of the books by Dick B. for their own use. (There were 42 books by Dick B.—in some cases, multiple copies of the same title—spread over the top shelf and third shelf.)

Third Shelf

There is a sign on the third shelf which states: “Dr. Bob Core Library.” In addition to the books by Dick B. on this shelf, there were the following books:

Bill W.: My First Forty Years by Bill W. [autobiography]

A.A. and MRA: It Started Right Here [booklet/pamphlet]

How Can We Lose When We Are So Sincere by T. Willard Hunter

The Wager by Blaise Pascal

Lois Remembers by Lois [W.--autobiography]

Worldwide Endeavor: The Story of the Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor by Francis Clark

Our A.A. Legacy to the Faith Community by Three Clarence H. Snyder Sponsees and Their Wives

Expert Endeavor by Amos Wells [photocopy]

Second Shelf

The Officers’ Handbook by Amos Wells

Weapons for Temperance Warfare by Belle M. Brain

Fifty Missionary Programs by Belle Brain

In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon

Successful C.E. [= Christian Endeavor] Prayer Meetings by James DeForest Murch

The Young People’s Pastor by Amos R. Wells

Memories of Many Men in Many Lands by Francis E. Clark

Frances E. Clark by W. Knight Chaplin

The Frances E. Clark Yearbook by John R. Clements

“Pass It On” [A.A. General Service Conference-approved book]

The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous [A.A. General Service Conference-approved; Item #P-53]

Christian Endeavor in All Lands by Francis E. Clark

Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers [A.A. General Service Conference-approved book]

Dr. Poling’s Radio Talks by Daniel A. Poling

Folder containing Dr. Bob-related material:

RHS [A.A. General Service Conference-approved booklet/pamphlet]

Four “AA of Akron” pamphlets/booklets:

Spiritual Milestones in Alcoholics Anonymous

A Guide to the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous: The Akron Guide to the Twelve Steps

A Manual for Alcoholics Anonymous: The Akron Manual

Second Reader for Alcoholics Anonymous

Holy Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous (a collection of 32 personal stories not included in the Third Edition; 25 personal stories from the First Edition and 7 stories from the Second Edition; with “circus cover” dust jacket)

An 8 ½” x 11” copy of 29 titles by Dick B. found on the “Titles Page” on the web site

Six, 8 ½” x 11” pages listing and describing the “Dr. Bob Resource Volumes” by Dick B.

Contents to Volume IX: The Fairbanks Family [= 1st page]

Volume X: The Town of Dr. Bob’s Youth to Volume XX: Appendix [= 2d page]

Bottom (First) Shelf

There are 14 binders (blue or white) on the bottom shelf. Some of the binders contain the more-than 1,800 pages of photocopies of materials assembled by Dick B. and Ken B. during their June 2008 Vermont research trip from: (1) Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, Vermont (where Bill W. attended school); (2) East Dorset Congregational Church (where Bill W. & family attended church); (3) Vermont History Center in Barre; (4) North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury; (5) St. Johnsbury Academy; and (6) St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.

Dr. Bob Core Library Sign-Out Sheets [only Richard Skolnick had signed anything out as of 8/25/09]

The Christian Endeavor Society: Volume XI

Bill Wilson and Bob Smith Together

A Photo Album: Cassidy Collection

So You Thinks Drunks Can’t Be Cured by Richard K.

New Life in the Old Prayer Meeting

Robert Holbrook Smith Genealogy by Ken B.

Photos of A.A. Founders and Family

St. Johnsbury History

North Congregational Church Archives Collection

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum: Finding Guide to the Archives Collection

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and Caledonian and Vermont YMCA Papers

Vermont History Library

Fairbanks Museum Finding Aids and St. Johnsbury Academy Student

Additional Segment Just Shipped Today from Maui to

The Dr. Bob Core Library

At North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, Vermont


Based on the sum of $5000.00 just contributed by a benefactor to enable the further stocking of The Dr. Bob Core Library, we have summarized the more than 3,715 relevant research papers of Dick B. and Ken B. These 3,715 papers were shipped today to North Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury to be added to the inventory already placed there. Other segments will be added as further donations are made. We thank Richard Skolnik who is on an intensive research and investigation trip to Vermont this week. Richard attended a Wilson House seminar, visited the Wilson family church next door, and visited the Griffith Library where over 30,000 historical items are now lodged in East Dorset, Vermont. Richard then proceeded to St. Johnsbury and investigated the historical treasures at The Dr. Bob Core Library, The Athenaeum (town library), and St. Johnsbury Academy as well as others connected with our quest for information about both Dr. Bob and Bill in Vermont. Richard contacted specific people who have helped us gather information, visited Dr. Bob’s birthplace, and attended A.A. meetings in St. Johnsbury.

Items (Papers) Shipped Today
Items Pages  
Revivals and Evangelists       163  
Christian Endeavor Manual by founder Dr. Clark   296  
Minutes of Vermont Congregational Churches   214  
Evangelists Moody and Sankey in Vermont and St. Johnsbury 29  
Biography of Evangelist Folger 339  
Fairbanks Family Genealogy 875  
American Christian Ruler 412  
Sons of Vermont (3 Volumes) 744  
About Vermont 108  
Memorial to Joseph Fairbanks 191  
The First Forty A.A. Pioneers 7  

Books Shipped Today

The Runner’s Bible (1915)

J.P. Thornton-Duesbury, The Oxford Group (1947)

Peter Howard, Frank Buchman’s Secret

Horace Bushnell, The New Life  (1871)

Harold Begbie, Twice Born Men (1909)

Henry Drummond, The New Evangelism (1899)

E. Herman, Creative Prayer (1921)

(A special book from the library of Eleanor Napier Forde, wife of James D. Newton. Eleanor was an early and strong supporter of the Oxford Group, is quoted at length in Anne Smith’s journal, and wrote The Guidance of God, published by the Oxford Group. This Herman book discusses all the prayer and meditation ideas that were embodied in most Oxford Group literature of the 1920’s and 1930’s—materials studied by Dr. Bob)

C. J. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soui (1933)

(Both Bill and Bob knew the Carl Jung-Rowland Hazard story that confirmed conversion as a cure for alcoholism; and Bill later gave this Jung book to Dr. Bob as a present and inscribed it to Dr. Bob).

Hastings Rashdall, The Idea of Atonement in Christian Theology (1920)

(A.A. subscribed to the ideas of the Sermon on the Mount, 1 Corinthians 13, and the Book of James.  This is a background book which discusses the contrast between “faith without works” In James and “justification by faith” in Paul’s writings—also attempting to reconcile the two and further discussing “love thy neighbor as thyself.”)

Hannah Whithall Smith, The Chrstian’s Secret of a Happy Life (1870)

(A best-selling classic that was known to all the early AAs)

Samuel M. Shoemaker, The Church Can Save The World  (1938)

C.Irving Benson, The Eight Points of The Oxford Group (1936) with added The Way, The Truth, The Life, and Life Changers by Harold Begbie (1927)

Significance of Materials

Already, Dick B. has completed and published The Conversion of Bill W. Dick B. have completed and published Dr. Bob of Alcoholics Anonymous. Both authors have now made two investigative trips to Vermont to assemble materials for these books as well as the new The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, addresses already made at three groups of Conferences in Northern and Southern California, and shortly to become the subject of further addresses at Palm Springs, Oahu, and again in California.

All this work is being placed on blogs, forums, audio talks, and articles being published as materials are analyzed and compared. Members of the new International Christian Recovery Coalition have supported this work in a number of ways. And completion of the funding and stocking of The Dr. Bob Core Library is a top priority item. Shortly also, the authors will publish the long-awaited biography of Dr. Bob that will incorporate information already placed in The Dr. Bob Core Library, and much that is still in Maui, being studied, and awaiting funding for its shipment to Vermont.

International Christian Recovery Coalition
c/o Dick B.
P.O. Box 837
Kihei, Hawaii
Ph/fax: (808) 874-4876


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