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May 1961

A Final Note About "Long Hair"

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Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(5):852-853. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580110140024

About 13 years ago I wrote a little article1 about a long-dead, long-haired Indian in whom I became interested on account of his alleged extraordinary growth.

The pessimistic note expressed towards the end of the article, the surmise that I would never see the hair itself, was, it turned out, unfounded. While engaged in another historical venture, I happened to mention this matter to a staff member of the Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley, who suggested that I get in touch with someone he knew at the Smithsonian Institution. This led successively to the Universities of Oklahoma and Oregon, and eventually I learned that the tress in question (Plenty Coups' possession) was still extant and formed one of the exhibits in a little museum that Plenty Coups had founded on the Crow Indian Reservation.

A convention at Sun Valley, Idaho, in 1958, made it convenient for me