Dr. John C. Trever
was the first photographer of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
In February and March of 1948, Dr. Trever photographed
the scrolls from Cave 1, which had been purchased
from Bedouin shepherds by Mar Athansius Samuel,
a Syrian Orthodox archbishop.
Due to the imminent war following
the United Nations' vote to partition
Palestine, Dr. Trever could find only
expired portrait film to take what
are still considered the best photographs
of Dead Sea Scrolls. In 1981, Dr.
Trever gifted his extensive collection
to the Claremont School of Theology,
which in turn placed them in the Center's