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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US Insular Areas Report

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This extensive report, prepared for the Committee on Resources, offers a detailed explanation of Palmyra's standing within the territories of the…

Executive Order 10967

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This order officially placed responsibilities for managing Palmyra under the Department of the Interior, where it remains today. Since its removal…

Executive Order 10388

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This brief order rescinded President Roosevelt's original order, giving the Navy control of Palmyra. It was a final step in restoring ownership to…

Executive Order 9881

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After years of court appeals, the previous owners of Palmyra, the Fullard-Leo family, finally won their suit against the US Government and ownership…