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.

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Magazine Article: Hawaii From the Air

Flying-2-1921.pdf

In the late 1910's and early 1920's, the United States had very little in the way of military aircraft. In an effort to convince both the public and…

Excerpt from Seismic Summer

bradner_seismic_summer excerpt.pdf

While traveling with the crew of the Dwyn Wen in 1963, as part of the Scripps Institutes study of seafloor seismology, Marge Bradner recorded her…

Excerpts from Waves Across the Pacific

PalmyraClip1.mp4

This 30 minute documentary showcases the Waves Across the Pacific project. The brainchild of famed scientist Walter Munk, this series of oceanic…

Desert, Etching by William Glasgow

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This etching was done by William Glasgow in 1930, according to its markings and notations. This particular print was purchased at a fundraiser for…