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The Palmyra Atoll 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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Music and Millions in his Swan Song

HA-7291917.pdf

A short but wonderful piece dictating a conversation between an old sea captain called Captain Blanchard, and an unnamed reporter at the Honolulu…

Magazine Photo of Man Observing Birds on Palmyra

Birds on Palmyra Photo-MDM-04-1925.pdf

Unfortunately, all we know of this photo is that it comes from a 1925 issue of Mid-Pacific magazine.  The caption reads:

"Life pursuing life. The…

Flying Over South Sea Isles

Flying Over South Sea Isles-MDM-02-1922.pdf

This detailed article, writtent by Naval Lieutenant GA Ott, covers the operations of the US ship Eagle 40 as it traveled to and operated out of…

Sooty Terns Breeding on Palmyra

Pacific Bird Observer-07-1967.pdf

This 1967 article was written for the Pacific Bird Observer,published in the late 1960s by the Smithsonian Institute as:"...anewsletter distributed to…