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.

Recently Added Items

Photo Collection: Carter Collection (2 of 2)

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This second group of photos from the Carter Collection, features formal pictures of platoons and large groups on the atoll during its World War 2…

Photo Collection: Visit of the USS Wright

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This group of photographs, showing some of Palmyra's landmarks and several sailors observing a Boobie chic in its nest, was found in the National…

Photo Collection: Wartime Aerial Survey (1 of 2)

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This group of photographs (the first of 2 collections) was taken during World War 2, when primary construction of the facilities on the islands were…

Photo Collection: Wartime Aerial Survey (2 of 2)

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This group of photographs (the second of 2 collections) was taken during World War 2, after primary construction of the facilities on the islands were…