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

1921 Aerial Photograph

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This image is from the 1921 aerial survey, done as part of the first coastal aerial survey performed in the United States. This very rare image was…

The Proud Goat of Aloysius Pankburn

ProudGoatofAloysiusPankburn.pdf

According to several sources from the early 1900’s, this story, written by Jack London for the Saturday Evening Post, was inspired by elements of…

The Remarkable Explorations of Admiral Sutherland

TheDayBook-4-6-1912.pdf

This light hearted article describes the journey of the USS West Virginia to Palmyra in 1912, where they found, as the subtitle says, "One Friendless,…

Newspaper Article: Judge Cooper off for Pirates' Treasure Isle of Palmyra

HonoluluStarAdvertiser-7-29-1911.pdf

This shorter but detailed article covers some interesting topics of Palmyra's history up to that point, including the possible treasure buried there,…