Special Acquisitions

The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation and Museum are deeply grateful to Dr. David Kahn for his MANY valuable, rare, interesting, and cherished donations for the Museum and Library.

Dr. David Kahn presents the NCMF's David D'Auria with a rare 1806 Napoleon Letter

Dr. David Kahn presenting the NCMF's David D'Auria with a rare 1806 Napoleon Letter.

Dr. David Kahn is an esteemed author whose book, The Codebreakers, is widely acknowledged as the most comprehensive book ever written on the history, art and science of codebreaking. Dr. Kahn has had one of the world’s rarest collections of books, papers and artifacts related to the art and science of cryptology. We are extremely grateful that much of that collection is now the prized possession of the NCM and Library.

Included below are additional photos of donations from Dr. Kahn. Click on each for an expanded view and for link to pages with more details about the donation.


Our In Memoriam Registry and Panel pays tribute to those who served within the cryptologic community during their career.