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Special Collections

MSU  Libraries

366 W. Circle Drive

East Lansing, MI 48824



URL: http://specialcollections.lib.msu.edu

Date Received:


Date Processed:

October 2013

Acquisitions Information:


Preferred Citation:

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information:  Box number, Folder number and/or title, The Seven Sutherland Sisters, MSS 223, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Copyright Notice:

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

Usage Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on the access of this collection.

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Collection Summary:

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

Historical Background:

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. It was not enough to be captivating to audiences so their father, Rev. Fletcher Sutherland, concocted a hair ointment based on the one their mother made to use on their hair. The Seven Sutherland Sisters Corporation was created and several hair products were developed and sold.  According to Brandon Stickney, author of The Amazing Seven Sutherland Sisters-A Biography of America's First Celebrity Models, Niagara County Historical Society, 2012, they were the first American celebrities yet their story is a tale of rags to riches to rags.

Processing Note:

Processed by Leslie M. Behm, November 2013.


Lewis, Clarence O. The Seven Sutherland Sisters. Lockport, N.Y. : Nigara County Historical Society. 1991, Revised Edition Occasional contributions of the Niagara County Historical Society ; no. 16., Reprinted June 1991
Sutherland, Andrew History of the Sutherland Family. [Lansing, Mich. : 1964?] "Original copy made by Charles Sutherland, 1893-1962." Introduction by Doris Sutherland, Lansing, 1964.
Sutherland, Andrew Handwritten letter to son, dated August 15, 1833

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