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

Newspaper Article: Missing Plane Hunt Continues

PiquaDailyCall-6-15-1971.pdf

Brief description of the search for the lost Air Force C135, the only debris of which was found 200 miles north of Palmyra.

US Hydrographic Office Map of Palmyra from 1897

USHydrographicOfficeMap1897.jpg

This map, based on material from the visit of the USS Portsmouth in 1874 and later material in 1897, was the primary resource used for navigating to…

Photo Collection: Dr. Ed Zipser during the Line Islands Experiment

Bob James, Jim Maynard, EJZ, and Steve Cox.jpg

Dr. Zipser was the scientific coordinator for the Line Islands Experiment, a testament to his knowledge and skill, having received his doctorate just…

Excerpt from The Naval Chronicle for 1805

NavalChronicle1805-vol12-excerpt.pdf

The Naval Chronicle was the original source for the announcement of Palmyra's discovery by Captain Cornelius Sawle, as described in this excerpt. …