Dr. David Kahn Donations 2010-2011

On 13 November 2010, NCM Librarian Rene Stein traveled to David’s residence in Great Neck, NY to pick-up 16 boxes of memorabilia from David’s personal collection. Significant items in this donation included:

--An early proof copy of his book on American cryptographer Herbert Yardley (The Reader of Gentlemen’s Mail)
--A number of early “private” code books used by American banks and telecommunications companies
--A 1943 Combined Field Code Book from WW II used to encode tactical communications between cooperating American and British forces
--A significant number of WW II era black and white photographs of Bletchley Park, and of British and American cryptographers
--Extensive correspondence and photographs from David’s time living abroad in Paris

In late 2010 and early 2011, Dr. David Kahn donated additional cryptologic items to the NCMF - he is pictured here with the NCMF's David D'Auria

On 16 January 2011, AC Chairman Dave D’Auria traveled to Great Neck to New York for what may be Dr. Kahn’s last donation. Included were four antiquarian books and a number of other significant items:

--A 1550 edition of Trimethius' "Polygraphia" (first published in 1516)
--Gaspar Schott Schola's, "Steganographica," 1680 edition (first published in 1665)
--John Wilkin's, "Mercury or the Secret and Swift Messenger" published in 1694
--Bentleys Complete Phrase Code Book from 1923

A 1550 edition of Trimethius' "Polygraphia" (first published in 1516) - donated to the NCMF by Dr. David Kahn

Bentley's Complete Phrase Codebook 1923 - donated to the NCMF by Dr. David Kahn

Cipher items donated to the NCMF by Dr. David Kahn, including an early DES encryption chip from 1978 encased in acrylic (at the time this chip was referred to as the world’s smallest computer)

--An early DES encryption chip from 1978 encased in acrylic (at the time this chip was referred to as the world’s smallest computer) 
--A WW I US Army Signal Corp pocket cipher disk encoder, patented in 1913 
--A cipher wheel from one of American inventor Thomas Hebern's early rotor-based cipher machines (circa 1918-1923) 
--A pocket cipher disk encoder produced by the Swiss company Crypto AG

 

Gaspar Schott Schola's, "Steganographica," 1680 edition (first published in 1665) - donated to the NCMF by Dr. David Kahn

John Wilkin's, "Mercury or the Secret and Swift Messenger" published in 1694 - donated to the NCMF by Dr. David Kahn