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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 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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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.

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Letter from Judge Cooper to the Governor of Hawaii

Cooper Letter to Gov Hawaii-1912.pdf

This letter, with a 1922 preface and explanation from the Navy (who retained the original letter), was written by Judge Henry E. Cooper of Hawaii, to…

Clipper Makes Unscheduled "Mercy" Landing at Palmyra

Clipper(PAA)-5-12-1948.pdf

Brief article about a CAA (forerunner to the FAA) employee who had to be emergency airlifted to Honolulu after a fish bone became lodged in his…

Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Soceity, Vol. 14, No. 1

HawaiianEntomologicalSociety-1949.pdf

Several brief excerpts from this report (as highlighted in blue), describe expeditions to Palmyra to study the fly and mosquito populations. These…

Friends Wave and Whistles Salute as Voyagers Sail

HA-761914.pdf

This article describes the scene as Captain Weisbarth and his crew set sail for Tapiteauea, where his wife and several of the other passengers were…