New Features Added
14th February 2020
In recent weeks the Library has added a number of interesting topics in the Features section of the World Squash Library.
• A list of ‘principal’ worldwide squash clubs from 1938
• A chart detailing the 21st century World Championship winners
• The Racketball / Squash 57 story
• British Open, when it was a ‘challenge’
• The largest club in 1936 (with 15 courts)
• The background to the abolishment of amateur status
• The Rules of Squash 1930
• A squash article from Boys Own Paper back in 1894
• The scoresheet from the longest recorded match
They can all be seen at https://www.squashlibrary.info/features
Next to come will be comprehensive World Championship results.
Other ideas and suggestions welcomed.
Shelley Launches Unique Squash Library
24 October 2019
While Squash looks forward, with new generations enjoying this great sport and new champions crowned on the latest club and showcourts, the sport also has a long and rich heritage.
Being passionate about preserving this extensive history, Andrew Shelley is launching the World Squash Library (WSL) as an independent 'not-for-profit' initiative to ensure that books, magazines, championship programmes, results, images and other information can be brought together in one place to respond to enquiries from current players, media, Federations, students - simply anyone wanting information on the long or near past.
"I believe that our history must not only be easily accessible now, but safeguarded for future generations," said Shelley, who recently concluded his term as CEO of the World Squash Federation.
"There are approaching 4,000 items catalogued now, stretching back to 1890, and although there are gaps to be filled, a great many of the handbooks and magazines along with many World Championship and other major event programmes are in place so that questions can be answered and researches mounted," Shelley added.
Initial WSL information is at www.squashlibrary.info with future projects for the Library including digitalisation of key materials, regular social media sidelights, articles and posters that Federations can use, looking back at advertising, court development and other facets of our sport. Spotlights and features will be added to the site regularly.
For those with questions, keen to offer appropriate historical materials to WSL, or even keen to support the running costs, Andrew Shelley can be contacted at email@example.com
"WSL can never be complete, but over the coming years we will be getting as close as possible!" Shelley concluded.