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The Beale Cypher Association

    The BCA had its origins in a group formed by Dr. Carl Hammer in 1968 to study the Beale codes. These beginnings are described in Hammer's paper, Signature Simulation and Certain Cryptographic Codes.

    Sometime in the 1970's, the group was transformed into The Beale Cypher Association which was open for  public membership. For an annual fee of $25.00, members received a quarterly newsletter and were invited to attend periodical seminars and symposiums. Members were also solicited for articles and theories on the codes. Members included academics, cryptologists, and other interested parties.

    Following the retirement of Dr. Hammer, Mr. Per Holst became C.E.O. of the Association, and he was succeeded by Mr. Robert Caldwell.. The BCA ceased to exist after his retirement in 1996. All documents of the BCA now exist only in the private collections of its past members.

The BCA Newsletter

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    The newsletter was published from the fall of 1979 until December, 1996. An interesting example of the newsletter, with three decryption theories, is the issue of March, 1992. Download now (.pdf format 3.53Mb).


    Here, for example, was the program for one such symposium:


Symposium Outline

THE FOURTH BEALE CIPHER SYMPOSIUM, Saturday, September 27, 1986

The Westpark Hotel - Dogwood Room

1900 N. Fort Myers Dr., Arlington, VA

Per A. Holst, Symposium Chairman

8:30 - 9:00       REGISTRATION: Meet Old and New Friends

9:00 - 9:15       WELCOME: Agenda, Information, Program Changes, Per A. Holst

9:15 - 10:15     KEYNOTE: In search of Beale's key, Dr. Stephen M. Matyas

10:15 - 10:30   BREAK: Refreshments

10:30 - 11:00   PAPER: Historical Facts in Support of Beale, Frank Aaron

11:00 - 11:30   PAPER: The Madison-Beale-Hite Connection, Jacques S. Boegli

11:30 - 12:00   PAPER: Jean Laffite - St. Louis, Dr. Eugene Newsom

12:00 - 1:00     LUNCH BREAK: Local Restaurants (On Your Own)

1:00 - 2:30       FORUM:   The Beale Cipher Letters, Wayne C. Martens

                                         - Application of Neural Nets to Coding, Norman White

                                         - Inductive Geodetic Reasoning (Or, Where Would You Bury                                               a Treasure?), Robert E. Weedfall

                                         - Beale Cipher Analysis with the Commodore-64 Computer,                                              James N. McNally, Jr.

                                         - Computer Assisted Direct Substitution Method of                                              Resolution for Cipher No. 2, Alan S. Miskin

2:30 - 2:45       BREAK: Refreshments

2:45 - 3:15       PAPER: Second Order Homophonic Ciphers, Dr. Carl Hammer

3:15 - 4:00        PAPER: Methodologies, Theories, and Reflections on the Beale                                            Ciphers,  Rev. Stephen Cowart, Marilyn Cowart

4:00 - 4:45        GENERAL DISCUSSION AND OPEN FORUM, Speakers and                                                                                                                  Attendees

4:45 - 5:00        CLOSING REMARKS: Summary, Polls, Information, Per A. Holst

BCA Research Library

    The Association also maintained a library of "Research Information and Reports about the Beale ciphers, the Beale Story, and efforts to find the Beale treasure".  Copies of this material was offered for sale to the members. One of the later library listings contained 101 titles, including books, studies, newspaper and magazine articles, and aids to the decryption.

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