Michael and Lona Kennéy photographs, EEPA 1997-001, 1933-1939

Collection ID:
Kennéy, Michael, 1904-1982
Kennéy, Lona B. Mrs., 1896-1994
Physical Description:
89 negatives (photographic)
black & white
12 x 9 cm. or smaller
1 film reel
1 reel (89 interpositives)
black & white
70 mm.
2 volumes
16 photographic prints
(1 box)
black & white
32 x 25 cm. or smaller
237 photographic prints
(contact prints)
black & white
8x10 in. or smaller
8 postcards
black & white
8 x 12 cm.
237 photographic prints
(1 v.)
black & white
8x10 in. or smaller
Photographs taken or collected by Dr. Michael Kennéy while serving as a colonial medical officer in the Belgian Congo from 1933-1939. Eight images are portrait photographs. They are numbers 103, 104, 105, 108, 110, 111, 112, 114

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Images indexed by negative number.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Michael Kennéy, M.D., 1904-1982, born Mizrah Konn in Rowno, Russia. Attended University of Warsaw, 1923-1925; attended the University of Geneva, 1925-1930 and, from the University of Geneva, earned a Bachelor of Medical Science, 1929 and a M.D., 1930; subsequently studied bacteriology and immunology for an academic year at the University of Warsaw Graduate College and, during a three month course, tropical medicine at the University of Brussels, School of Tropical Medicine, where he was taught by the eminent parasitologist, J. Rodhain; and received a Colonial Physician degree (D.T.M.) in June of 1931. Served as Resident Physician in the Belgian Congo Medical Service, 1933-1935, at the Busu Melo District along a stretch of the lower Congo River; as Chief Medical Officer of the Jadotville (Likasi) District of Katanga in southeastern Congo, 1935-1939; emigrated from Brussels to the United States, 1940; served at Chief of Medical and Laboratory Services at Kwakwani the Berbice District of British Guiana, 1943-1948; returned to the United States in 1948; became a naturalized United States citizen in 1949 and pursued a career in pathology becoming a leading expert in pathoparasitology. For a fuller account of Dr. Kenney's life, see the Journal of Community Health, Vol. 20, No. 3, June 1995, pp. 293-311.


Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Conditions Governing Access note
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Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Prints and negatives were willed to Dr. Pascal James Imperato by Mrs. Lona B. Kennéy and donated by Dr. Imperato to the National Museum of African Art in 1997.

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Repository Contact
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
National Museum of African Art
P.O. Box 37012
MRC 708
Washington, DC 20013-7012