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

Memorandum for the President regarding Palmyra Island

HaroldIckesMemorandum.pdf

We came across this document while looking through memos and letter related to the formation of Executive Order 8682, establishing Palmyra as a Naval…

Report on Investigation of Poisonous and Venomous Fishes at Palmyra Island

Poisonous Fish Investigation.pdf

During the late 1940's and early 1950's, reports of fish poisoning from around the line islands and central Pacific became rampant. Scores of…

Newspaper Article: Coming Eclipse of Sun Brings Flood of Queries

OaklandTribune-1-31-1962.pdf

Fun little piece describing an upcoming eclipse and planetary alignment. Mentions astronomers being present on Palmyra to view the event, where the…

Newspaper Article: Palmyra Atoll Flooded; More Waves Likely

CumberlandNews-1-6-1947.pdf

Brief account of a storm over the Pacific that caused an evacuation scare on Palmyra. This occurred during a brief period after the Navy in 1945 but…