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You've found the largest collection of materials from the history of the Palmyra Atoll!




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The Palmyra Atoll is an unorganized, incorporated US territory, sitting approximately 1,000 miles due south 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.  

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Pan American Airways Private Code Book

PanAm Codebook.pdf

This book was used by radiomen and navigators working for Pan Am Airways, during the 1930's. Anyone listening in to the transmission, who didn't have…

Terrestrial Biota Survey Photo Collection

1992_McDermond_Palmyra 1.jpeg

Starting in February of 1992, a team of US Fish and Wildlife scientists visited Palmyra. The summary report describes the purpose of the visit as…

Account of Admiral Nimitz Visiting Palmyra

Nimitz on Palmyra War Diary Excerpt.pdf

This personal account is of Waitsell Leon GIvens, a Navy Radioman, 2nd Class who was stationed on Palmyra during World War 2. Throughout his life,…

Wayne Avery Collection

1985-Causeway-1.jpg

These photos were sent to us by world class sailor and "yachtie", Wayne Avery. He visited Palmyra with his wife in 1985 and again in 1994. …