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Tom Laperriere collection of Ernest Kurtz and Clarence Snyder recordings

Scope & content

The Tom Laperriere collection of Ernest Kurtz and Clarence Snyder recordings is a comprehensive oral history of Alcoholics Anonymous contained on 377 compact discs arranged in four series.

Series 1, The History of recovery, contains most of the first 167 recordings from the audiocassette series of the Clarence Snyder AA papers (Ms.2008.008: cassette nos. MK1-167). Series 2 is a 5-CD compilation of the Clarence Snyder talks from the first series. Series 3, Alcohol awareness, contains most of the first 73 recordings from the Ernest Kurtz papers and audio cassettes (A2005.18 and A2008.049: cassette nos. EK168-240). Series 4, Miscellaneous Alcoholics Anonymous recordings, includes 142 talks and speeches from the creator’s personal collection, mp3 files and a database of all the recordings in the series.

Series 1 and 3 are numbered consecutively; series 2 and 4 each has its own numbering. A number of the original recordings are not present in this collection. Most of the recordings were originally made on reel-to-reel tape and transferred to audiocassette tape, from which these digital copies were created.