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Pascal James Imperato collection

Identifier: MSS 680

Scope and Contents

The Pascal James Imperato collection consists of photocopies of Louis Cheu de Hohnel's "Over Land and Sea in Earlier Times and More Recent Days (1857-1909). Being an Austrian Rear Admiral's Own Narrative of His Life" and a translation of Count Samuel Teleki's personal diary of explorations in East Africa translated into English by Charles and Vera Teleki with correspondence, biographical materials, and publications by Imperato and Geza Teleki on Samuel Teleki's explorations.


  • Creation: approximately 1909, 1961, 1986-2019


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. Please request 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections at the Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Pascal James Imperato is the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer for SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He served for six years as a medical epidemiologist in West Africa, overseeing mass immunization campaigns against smallpox, measles, yellow fever, cholera, and meningococcal meningitis. He has authored more than 30 books and 500 articles, book chapters, and reviews in medecine, public health, African art, and African history. Geza Teleki (1943-2014) was born in Hungary and emigrated the United States as a child with his family. He devoted his career to studying and conservation efforts for chimpanzees. A great-nephew of Count Samuel Teleki, Geza Teleki translated Count Teleki's diary chronicling his explorations of Africa and the discovery of Lake Rudolf. Ludwig von Höhnel was an Austrian naval officer and explorer. Among his adventures, he served as second-in-command to Count Teleki during his expedition to Northern Kenya in 1887-1888.


.7 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Pascal James Imperato in 2019.

Related Materials

MSS 94 Count Samuel Teleki East African diaries, in Hungarian, 1886-95; with English translations, 1961-1965

Processing Information

Lydia Tang processed this collection in 2021.

Finding Aid for the Pascal James Imperato collection
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Lydia Tang
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Repository Details

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

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA