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Associated Press

An ongoing inventory of archival collections at Schaffer Library has uncovered a historic find: a rare lock of hair belonging to George Washington hidden inside a long-forgotten book.

“This is a very significant treasure,” said India Spartz, head of Special Collections and Archives. “It’s a tremendous testament to history and our connection to some of the most important historical figures.”

The discovery has been reported in hundreds of media outlets, including the New York TimesWashington Post, Fox News, CNN, USA Today, NBC News and NPR.

Mary Esch of the Associated Press visited campus to report on the discovery. Her story appeared in hundreds of outlets across the world, including U.S. News and World Report.