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Count Samuel Teleki East African diaries, in Hungarian, 1886-95; with English translations, 1961-1965

Identifier: MSS 94 large

Scope and Contents

Samuel Teleki led an expedition to East Africa, 1886-1889, during which he discovered Lakes Rudolf and Stephanie in Kenya and Ethiopia. He also led a second tour of East Africa, 1893. The papers include two diaries of Teleki's East African expeditions of 1886-89, photographs, and microcopies from the Vienna Staatsarchiv of Teleki's letters and reports from Africa about the expedition of 1886-1889, sent to Crown Prince Rudolf. The diary is in Hungarian, German, and Swahili, and a full English-language translation was created by Teleki's nephew, Charles Teleki, his wife, Vera, and great-nephew, Geza (copyright 1965) of the entire diary is part of the collection. This collection contains the original manuscript diary, typescript translation, manuscript completions and corrections, and autography of Count Charles Teleki. Photographic copies of two letters in Hungarian from Count Samuel Teleki to Crown Prince Rudolf laid in.


  • Creation: 1886-1895
  • Creation: 1961-1965

Language of Materials

Materials are in English, Hungarian, and Swahili.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

The original diaries by Count Teleki are in the public domain but the copyright of the translations is retained by the authors and their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Conditions Governing Use

Without written consent of Count Teleki's heirs none of the copyrighted material is allowed to be copied.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Teleki was born in 1845 to a noble Hungarian family in Szaromberke, located in the Transylvania region of what is now Romania. From 1886 to 1889, Teleki traveled through central East Africa with Baron Ludwig Von Hoenel, exploring the Great Rift Valley. Their discoveries of Lake Rudolf and the Omo River in northern Kenya, and Lake Stephanie in southern Ethiopia were the last major European discoveries in East Africa. The account of their travels were published in Discovery of Lakes Rudolf and Stephanie: a narrative of Count Samuel Teleki’s exploring and hunting expedition in Eastern Equatorial Africa in 1887 and 1888, by Ludwig von Hehnel. Teleki died in 1916


.4 Linear Feet : 1 Box ; 26x13x39 cm


Arrangement is by diary, letters, notes, and photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was purchased by Michigan State University in approximately 1975 from Karoly (Charles) Teleki.

Varying Form of Title

Diaries of count Samuel Teleki.

Table of Contents

v. [1] Dec. 30, 1886-Feb. 17, 1888 -- v. [2] Feb. 18-Oct. 3, 1888 -- v. [3] March 17-April 11, 1895. -- v. [4] The diaries of Count Samuel Teleki, written on his East Africa safari in 1887-1888 translated by Count Charles Teleki Sr. and his wife Vera, copyright 1965.

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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

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