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: Shipwreck Saga Ends at Police Station

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This brief account covers the 1982 shipwreck of John Harrison and his two daughters. The story would be like so many other simple shipwrecks on…

Collection of Letters from Alta Norton

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Alta Norton was a member of the CAA colony who occupied Palmyra from 1948 to 1949. One of her sons, George, was the first (and only) graduate of the…

Issues of The Palmyra Circle

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From 1948 to 1949, a colony of several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked on Palmyra. While there, they…

Photo Collection: CAA Colony (Island Life)

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From our photo collection of the CAA Colony who occupied Palmyra from 1948 to 1949. All materials were generously donated to us by Eugene Norton's…