The World Squash Library is launching its first compendium of the sport's World Championships today, covering all the Men's World Opens from the inaugural event in 1976.
The 'one-stop' production features the dates, venue and results for each event over the five decades, including champion photos and programme cover scans.
There are also champions posters featuring all the winners, in both digital and print form. They are free to download by Federations, events, clubs and enthusiasts at www.squashlibrary.info/mens-world-squash-championships.
The World Squash Library, established last October by former World Squash Federation CEO Andrew Shelley, donating his time and experience to archive and preserve the history of squash for future generations, as well as providing an information resource.
"The Men's Open compilation is the first of a series which will ultimately comprise the Women's Open and both World Junior Individual events, followed by the senior and junior world team championships too," said Shelley.
"Working with the incomparable www.squashinfo.com platform to complete the results, the Library archive materials have enabled the site to make available a comprehensive and uniquely searchable digital archive of all the results to date. Bringing these together with the other elements in one place are all part of the Library ethos."
Most recently the Library has published a feature detailing the evolution of courts, rules, filming, etc, that have taken forward event presentation along with spectator and broadcast enhancements. This follows others already on the Library website www.squashlibrary.info/features
The Library also has a YouTube Channel where Olympic bid videos, the first dating back to 1987, can be viewed.
For the future, the Library also intends to digitalise key information too, as and when financial support is found.