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: Shrimp Mariculture Survey

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In 1980, the owner's of Palmyra granted a lease to the Undersea Resources Ltd company to farm shrimp in the lagoons of Palmyra. These photos were…

Newspaper Article: Palmyra from the Air

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This interesting and extensive article describes the voyage and work of the cargo ship US Eagle 40's crew while on an aerial photography mission to…

Photo Collection: Harry Setzer

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These photos were taken by Naval Photographer Harry Setzer during May and June of 1944, while he was visiting Palmyra on his tour through the Pacific…

Excerpt from Air Pilot Manual of the Pacific Islands

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This book was published throughout World War 2, and gave pilots general overviews of friendly island facilities throughout the Pacific, and…