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Edward K. and Marion M. Sales papers

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Identifier: UA-17.445

Scope and Contents

The Edward K. and Marion M. Sales papers include photographs and postcards from their military training and service during World War I. There are also military-themed World War I era clippings, maps of France, souvenir photograph albums of Germany, and other souvenir publications.

Also included in the collection are World War II era materials, such as military pocket guides, Overseas Editions for Armed Services of various publications, and issues of Stars and Stripes. These materials likely belonged to John W. Coffman, who married the Sales' daughter after the war.


  • Creation: 1917 - 1943


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Edward Karns Sales was born in Lenawee County, Michigan on April 11, 1892. During his youth, he lived with his family in Tecumseh, Michigan. Sales graduated from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1916 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. During World War I, he served as a veterinarian in the U.S. Army, with a rank of First Lieutenant.

Following the war, Sales moved to East Lansing, Michigan. He was hired by Michigan Agricultural College in 1920 as an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Medicine in Veterinary Medicine. By 1950 he was director of the Small Animal Clinic. He retired circa 1957. According to the Faculty Directories, Sales was Head Emeritus.

Sales married Marion McOwan circa 1920-1921. McOwan was born July 17, 1890 in New Jersey. She served as an Army Corps nurse during World War I. The Sales had a daughter named Jane D., born August 18, 1921. Jane married John W. Coffman (April 8, 1919-February 11, 1983) in Lansing, Michigan, on May 3, 1947.

Edward Sales died on his birthday, April 11, 1970, and was buried in Deepdale Cemetery in Lansing, Michigan. Marion Sales died May 13, 1983, and was interred next to her husband.


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Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Processing Information

Record group changed from 00246 to UA 17.445 to reflect Edward Sales' connection to Michigan State University. M. Badgley Malone, January 2020.

Edward K. and Marion M. Sales Papers
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M. Badgley Malone
January 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US