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: Palmyra Isle Land of Wonders

HonoluluStarBulletin-8-15-1913.pdf

Extensive piece covering the return journey and discoveries of Judge Henry Cooper on his initial visit to Palmyra, after purchasing it for $750. He…

Newspaper Article: Letter from the Herald

CarlisleWeeklyHerald-4-2-1874.pdf

This newspaper account comes from a letter, presumably written by a crew member of the USS Portsmouth while on their surveying mission. It describes…

Newspaper Article: A Fish Story

HonoluluAdvertiser-8-9-1922.pdf

Interesting and colorful article by the well known (at the time) Lorrin Thurston. Describes several methods for dealing with sharks while wading on…

Documents of Executive Order 8616

DocumentsOfExecOrder8616.pdf

This group of memos and letters trace the development of Executive Order 8616, which put Palmyra under the official management of the US Navy. Most…