16 Oct 2017

Obituary: Alan Little

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Photo: ©AELTC/Thomas Lovelock.Alan Little

Alan Little MBE, Honorary Librarian at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, passed away on Wednesday 11 October at the age of 89.

Little held the position of Honorary Librarian at the AELTC for 40 years, having been tasked by the club with starting the library back in 1967.

Little, in his role as contributor and sometime editor of Lawn Tennis and Badminton magazine during the 1960s, wrote an article suggesting a Library and Museum be built at the club. By 1977 the Library had opened as the 'Kenneth Ritchie Wimbledon Library', alongside a new Museum.

During the 1980s, Little attended the Library twice a week, developing the Library collections and answering thousands of enquiries. He also wrote 35 books in addition to creating the Wimbledon Compendium, which he compiled for 27 years.

In recognition of his dedication to the Library, Alan was made an Honorary Member of the AELTC in 1985 and was awarded an MBE for services to tennis in 2014.

Little first visited The Championships in 1946, the first meeting after the Second World War. Though he missed the 1947 Championships while on National Service, he then attended each year from 1948 to 2017.