The Seven Sutherland Sisters collection Edit


MSS 223


  • 1964, 1991 (Creation)


  • .1 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 folder.



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open and available for research in the MSU Libraries Special Collections' reading room.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, The Seven Sutherland Sisters, MSS 223, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession information unknown.

  • Biographical / Historical

    The Seven Sutherland Sisters: Sarah, Victoria, Isabella, Grace, Naomi, Dora, and Mary Sutherland were musically inclined, but their main claim to fame was their extremely long locks. Collectively, their hair measured 36-37 feet. Their father, Rev. Fletcher Sutherland, concocted a hair ointment based on the one his wife had made and used on the girls{u2019} hair. The Seven Sutherland Sisters Corporation was created and several hair products were developed and sold. According to Brandon Stickney, author of (Niagara County Historical Society, 2012), they were the first American celebrities.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of one folder containing a family history, a reprint from the Niagara County Historical Society, and a handwritten letter from Arthur Sutherland.

  • General

    Folder size varies.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Leslie M. Behm in November 2013.