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: Pacific Based Lottery Raises Legality Issue

FresnoBee-2-25-1965.pdf

The first article published on the legal dispute of Palmyra's use as a base of operations for an international lottery. Details are given on the…

Newspaper Article: Jury Hears Of Pacific Lottery Plan

DailyIndependentJournal-11-20-1965.pdf

Brief account of the failed American Sweepstakes Corporation and their efforts to use Palmyra as a base of operations to hold a lottery on the winner…

Newspaper Article: Official Denies Lottery Seeks the 'Quick Buck'

FresnoBee-2-28-1965.pdf

Detailed account of the foiled plans for an illegal lottery to be based on Palmyra. Gives some excellent details, including how the lottery would be…

Newspaper Article: 2 Lottery Promoters Plead Guilt

Independent-11-9-1965.pdf

This brief article gives an overview of the outcome to the 1965 court case wherein a small corporation attempted to use Palmyra as their base of…