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You've found the largest collection of materials from the history of the Palmyra Atoll!




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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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Journal of Gerrit P. Judd

GP Judd Journal-1859.pdf

This excerpt comes from the journal of Gerrit P. Judd, who was acting as an agent of the newly established American Guano Company. He traveled to…

Palmyra Ship Description

Palmyra Ship Description.pdf

This brief description of the ship Palmyra, for which the atoll is named, comes from 1798. It is the only full physical account of the vessel we've…

Issue of the Coral Chronicle

Coral Chronicle 1945-05-25.pdf

We know very little about this two page newsletter from May of 1945, titled the "Coral Chronicle". Based on its source and content, our best guess is…

Live-bait fishing for tuna in the Central Pacific

Live Bait Fishing.pdf

This report excerpt describes fish caught and conclusion drawn from a 1953 project, to understand the health and size of fish populations in the…