[Kadam] Volapük Centre library

david.naccache at gmail.com david.naccache at gmail.com
Sun Jun 23 22:50:50 IST 2013

Dear Brian

Many thanks for the many useful references. 

The motivation of our research is not the volapuk language itself but the life and contributions of a volapukist called Auguste Kerckhoffs. Did you ever come across documents relating to his work and involvement in the movement? Can you point to specific documents or hints in your ex-collection regarding his work?

The reason that we are so interested in him is that besides being a volapukist he was also a proeminent cryptographer. As a matter of fact all modern cryptography is based on his principles and hence we get interested in recording what we can about the man.

We will of course acknowledge the source of any information in the paper that we intend to write

Kind regards
-----Original Message-----
From: Brennus Volapükan <brennusvp at legranus.me.uk>
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:21:22 
To: <david.naccache at ens.fr>
Cc: <Kadam at evertype.com>
Subject: Volapük Centre library

Dear David,


I am the present ‘Cifal’ [President] of the Sog Bevünetik Volapüka.
Michael Everson is quite right:  because of uncertainties about the future,
because of the certainty of the Grim Reaper, and because of my concern that
the stock of Volapük material that I had acquired for the Society over the
years should find a more premanent home, some years ago I sent that material
to the Esperanto Society of Great Britain in Barlaston.   Michael has given
you the web page.   When I last heard, they had not yet got round to
cataloguing it:  the librarian is very much part-time.


There are other Volapük collections in which you might be interested:
C.D.E.L.I.  http://www.cdeli.org/;    Esperanto Museum Vienna,
http://www.onb.ac.at/ev/esperanto_museum.htm;  Bavarian State Library
3%BCk> &Language=en&query=Volap%C3%BCk;  Reinhard Haupenthal, Edition Iltis
http://eo.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iltis.   The last is particularly informed on
the early history of the language, without being concerned with the language
itself, and has published a German version of the works in Volapük by an
erstwhile ‘Cifal’.    There are some publications in the British Library and
the Guildhall Library in London;  doubtless they are to be found in national
and other public libraries elsewhere:  we need to compile a catalogue of
what there is where.


If you wish to know more about the language, if you have not been there
already, I suggest that you go to http://volapuk.evertype.com/. 


I hope that this information will help you.   You have already found
information points:  do come back if you require further information.   It
would be useful to know the objectives of your interest.


Incidentally, I notice that cryptography occurs in your official title.   I
should mention that Volapük, as most  of the many constucted languages,
would be less successful as a means of hiding messages than the Native
Indian languaged used by the United States in their conflict with Japan.


Best wishes,


Brian Bishop

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