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Mary K. Sarlow collection

Identifier: 00255

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of manuscript materials that were written by Mary K. Sarlow along with correspondence, articles, personal materials, sheet music, demo records, poetry, lyrics, and photographs.


  • Creation: 1914 - 1984


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.


Mary K. Sarlow was born May 28, 1902 in Brooklyn, New York. Her birth name was Mary Catherine Carmella Sarlo. She spent most of her young life growing up on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. About 1917, her family moved to Ionia, Michigan, where her father worked for the Ypsilanti Reed Furniture Company.

She was a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) since 1959. She wrote songs for Same-Carruthers Units (Chicago) and for the Raynell Revue, circuses and minstrel shows. Sarlow worked on the lyrics and music with Don Large, Beatrice Lever, Caesar Giovannini, Arthur Korb, as well as several others. Some of her songs that were published were "The Holiday Polka", "I Keep Wishing", and "The Lord Has His Arms Around Me."

Mary K. Sarlow also wrote under numerous names including Sarlow, M. K., Sarlow, Mary, Sarlow, Mary K., Sarlow, Mary Kay, Mary Kaye, Mary Kaye and the Kayettes, Mary Katherine Kay, Mark Kay, Mack Kayton, Jay Vee Sarlow, and Colaiuta and Kay. There was also the possibility that she used her sister's name, Rose Sarlow.

Sarlow died October 24, 1994, in Ionia, Michigan.


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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.

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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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