imageClarence in Chillicothe wonders:

I’m rather shocked to learn from your blog that there are privately held collections of shroud materials that have not been fully examined.

Is it true that there are unopened boxes of materials that Ray Rogers endowed? If so, to whom? Do these include sticky tapes taken by Rogers? What about microscopic photos?

I’ve also heard that Alan Whanger has a private collection of pollen laden tapes from Max Frei.  I’ve heard that Rogers asked to examine them and Whanger refused. Is this true? 

It sounds to me like there is a wonderful opportunity to undertake extensive research without the need of Vatican cooperation. With new technology not available in 1978, a team could put together a major STURP sequel without going to Turin.

It is my understanding that Alan Whanger (or his organization, Council for Study of the Shroud of Turin, obtained the Max Frei collection in 1993 and that he did indeed refuse to allow Rogers to look at the Frei tapes because Rogers was not a palynologist and because he thought Rogers had an agenda. Rogers had identified in a microphotograph what might be a sprouting pollen grain. If that was true, as I understand it*, it could add credence to charges by Joe Nickell and others that Max Frei had “salted” the tapes.

* Actually, I don’t understand it.

As for materials from Rogers, Barrie Schwortz is probably the best person to provide an answer.

The photograph above is from STERA (  The caption reads:

The late Dr. Max Frei, noted Swiss criminologist, takes sticky tape samples from the Shroud of Turin. Dr. Frei pressed the tape onto the cloth with his thumb, causing dust, pollen and other particulate matter to stick to the tape and be lifted from the fibers of the Shroud. Dr. Frei claimed he found pollen grains on the Shroud from now extinct plants indigenous to Palestine. Ray Rogers of Los Alamos Laboratories, the team member responsible for taking STURP’s own tape samples, looks on as Frei works.