Welcome to the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive!

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

The Palmyra Atoll 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.  

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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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Driver's License issued on Palmyra

Palmyra Driver's License.jpg

This rare document was donated by the son of Corporal Roland Champagne, who was stationed on Palmyra from 1942 to 1943. He served as a clerk, but…

Memoirs of Marine Corporal Roland Champagne

Palmyra from Roland Champagne Memoirs.pdf

Marine Corporal Champagne lived and worked on Palmyra from October of 1942 to October of 1943, during World War 2, serving primarily as a typist and…

Field Notes of Robert Standen

RobertStandenJournal.pdf

This excerpt comes from the field notes of researcher Robert Standen, who was part of the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, created by the…

Newspaper Article: Another South Sea Isle Fated for Paradise

PressDemocrat-10-5-1961.pdf

This brief account details plans for a resort to be built on Palmyra. This is not the first account of someone trying to establish such an enterprise…