This collection has become one of the four most important archives on the early history of the Alcoholics Anonymous movement in the United States, going back to its foundation in the 1930s and 1940s.
It also has detailed and irreplaceable material on the local history of A.A. in South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart, and the surrounding areas of north-central Indiana, from its beginnings in 1943. In addition it includes a number of documents on the general history of A.A. in Indiana, including material on Father Ralph Pfau from Indianapolis, the third most-published early Alcoholics Anonymous author.
Glenn Chesnut was one of the most important figures from A.A.'s second generation, both as a historian and as A.A.'s best-trained philosopher, theologian, and expert on the spiritual life. He was Professor of History and Religious Studies at Indiana University's South Bend campus from 1970 till his retirement in 2003.
List of the contents of Glenn Chesnut's archives at Indiana University South Bend.
Glenn Chesnut's Resume: education, teaching positions, publications, and talks.