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Last Modified: March 27, 2020
Materials Use Policy
The materials in an Alcoholics Anonymous Area Archives should be made available to all A.A. members and other serious researchers who have an interest in the legacy of Alcoholics Anonymous. However, access should be controlled, which is necessary to ensure the anonymity of all persons mentioned in archival materials, in accordance with A.A. traditions. Access also should be controlled in order to protect the materials themselves from loss or physical damage.
Access Policies at the Mid-Southern-California Area 09 Archives
Proposed by MSCA Archives Committee
May 26, 2019
The following policies and rules have been established by the Archives Committee of the Mid-Southern California Area 09 of Alcoholics Anonymous in cooperation with the MSCA 09 Archivist. These policies attempt to balance the needs of users, the exclusive rights of copyright holders, and the Archives’ own responsibilities toward its collections.
Visitors and all interested parties are invited to make requests for information about any aspect of A.A. history. Normally the Archives staff will conduct the research, find the answers you seek, and deliver them via mail or e-mail. We get thousands of requests from members and friends of A.A. each year.
Typical requests involve:
We always welcome your questions! Please contact the archives anytime you are curious about an element of A.A.’s legacy.
All visitors are welcomed to the Archives center. There they can see selected materials and speak with the Archivist about our holdings, about archival activities in their areas and about how they might be able to take advantage of the MSCA 09 Archives.
If a researcher would like to physically handle, read, and review a large quantity of archival material, he or she should contact the Archives ahead of time to make arrangements. In most cases the Archives can provide access to published information, such as books, newsletters, magazines, pamphlets, service pieces, and reports, in some cases dating to the earliest days of A.A.
However, if a researcher wishes to use any unpublished materials in the Archives (correspondence, meeting minutes, financial information, manuscripts, etc.), a written request for access must be made to the MSCA 09 Archives Committee. The user must give full information about the subject, scope, and purpose of the research being undertaken. Our application for on-site access is an addendum to this policy. Each request will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Trustees, delegates, executive board members and Archives Committee members may access archival materials (with the exception of restricted files) without having to make such request with the Archivist, only if the requested material is to be used solely in the furtherance of their duties in their assigned roles. In the case of requests made out of personal interest, Trustees, delegates, executive board members and Archives Committee members must follow the above procedure and file a written request prior to being granted access.
Because of the special nature of the materials in our collection, all researchers must learn and respect all A.A. traditions that may bear on their research—in particular the preservation of anonymity of all A.A. members.
The permission to conduct research is granted conditional on your agreement to strictly maintain the anonymity of all A.A. members, alive and deceased, including A.A.’s co-founders.
You are respectfully asked, if citing these materials, to quote only the first name and last initial, thus preserving A.A.’s Eleventh Tradition: the anonymity of its members at the level of the public media. No researcher is ever given permission to publish full names of individuals.
Anyone who does so will be denied further access to the A.A. Archives.
Photoduplication (Scanning and Photocopying)
Photocopies or scans of published materials, such as pamphlets, articles, and newsletters, will be made available if the physical condition of the materials will allow for duplication. Original correspondence, unpublished manuscripts, and some other confidential materials will not be duplicated.
All photo duplication will be done by Archives staff. On-site researchers will be permitted to use scanners, cameras, photocopiers, or other devices to make copies. Researchers may designate a limited number of pages (of published items only) to be photocopied or scanned by the Archives Committee. Depending on the quantity requested and the workload of the Archives Committee, the copies may have to be mailed or e-mailed to the researcher at a later date.
Copyright and Ownership
The MSCA 09 Archives have a large variety of materials, which may or may not be in the public domain. In some cases Mid-Southern California Area 09 (MSCA 09) does not hold copyright for the materials in its collections. The permission to access and research does not include or imply permission for the use of intellectual property or any right to intellectual property in the Archives’ holdings. It is solely the responsibility of the researcher to obtain the permission of the copyright owner before publishing, reprinting, or making extensive use of any copyrighted material. Any agreement as to intellectual property—such as publishing, reprinting, or quoting from any archives material—must be separately requested in writing.
WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be used for any purpose than private study, scholarship or research. If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement and/or subject to criminal prosecution.
Permission to Publish
As stated above, permission to access our materials and have copies made does not signify that a researcher has been given permission to publish, distribute, or further copy the material. Researchers who wish to use the Archives’ materials in a publication, performance, or broadcast must complete and submit a separate application.
Researchers who plan eventual publication of their work are urged to make early inquiries concerning publication rights as they begin their research.
We request that two free copies of all publications which rely on the Archives’ holdings be donated to the Archives as soon as the work is published. In giving permission to publish a manuscript, the Archives does not surrender its own right thereafter to publish the manuscript or to grant permission to others to publish it; nor does the Archives assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or of publication rights in the manuscript held by others.
Policies For On-Site Research
The following procedures are designed to make the researcher’s visit as useful as possible while preserving the archival materials for future generations.
Please note: If you wish to review any unpublished materials in the Archives (correspondence, meeting minutes, financial information, manuscripts, etc.), a written request for access must be made to the MSCA 09 Archives Committee, and must receive Committee approval before access will be granted. Our application for on-site access is included as an addendum to this policy.