Welcome!

Here you'll find the largest collection of unique and archival material related to the Palmyra Atoll! If this is your first visit, we recommend you check out the Interactive Timeline, which gives a great visual history and introduction to Palmyra.

Palmyra is an unorganized, incorporated US territory, sitting approximately 1,000 miles southeast of Hawaii, at the north end of the Line Islands.  This site is a catalogue of events and materials starting with the atoll's first recorded discovery in 1798, up to its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001.  

Follow highlights from the archive on Instagram: @palmyra.archive

We hope you'll learn, share, and enjoy the stories and information you discover about this small, lonely group of Pacific islands and their surprisingly rich history.

Recently Added Items

A Fish Story (pt. 4)

HA-1081922.pdf

This is part 4 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. This true "fish story", describes young crew…

A Fish Story (pt. 1)

HA-841922.pdf

This is part 1 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. Here he describes how large game fish are…

A Fish Story (pt. 3)

HA-8121922.pdf

This is part 3 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. This colorful account describes a wrestling…

Many Perish Seeking Lost Loot of Pirates

BT-651923.pdf

A detailed account of the Legend of the Esperanza. Much of the information is the same as what's found in other articles, but there are a few slight…