Hair has been a topic in the latest presidential campaign, but not like this.
Philadelphia attorney and naturalist Peter Arrell Browne died in 1860, but before that, he managed to build an impressive collection of animal and human hair alike — including locks that belonged to several U.S. presidents.
Beginning on July 1, the Academy will mount its exhibition, "Presidential Archives: Letters, Hair, and Fossils." On display will be a portion of Browne's massive collection, which includes hair from George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Jackson.
Also on display will be a letter penned by Theodore Roosevelt, as well as fossils from Thomas Jefferson's collection.
The exhibit will run through July 29, and will be open during the DNC's July 25-28 visit to Philadelphia. The collection has not been displayed since 2008.
It is not, however, just about display. Academy Senior Fellow Robert Peck, for his part, has inquired at the White House about receiving some of President Barack Obama's hair for the collection, and hopes to see Bill Clinton stop by should he be in town in July.
"My shears are ready, if our former president is willing," Peck said via a release.
Clinton's locks would be in good company. The Academy's hair collection also contains samples from famous historical figures like Daniel Webster and Napoleon Bonaparte, as well.