Browse Collections (17 total)

World War 2


Amatuer Radio QSL Cards


Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program (POBSP)


From 1963 to 1969, the Smithsonian Institute sent researchers to many of the smaller and often uninhabited islands of the Pacific to record the living…

Maps & Diagrams

Palmyra Island - USS Portsmouth.JPG

A collection of maps and diagrams, dating back to the 1800's, from various public and private organizations.

Bob Krauss on Palmyra

A 1979 09 17 A1.pdf

Four part series on Palmyra, written by then columnist for the Honolulu Advertiser, Bob Krauss.

Nature Conservancy Archives

Honolulu Magazine-Jan 1984.pdf

These materials have been donated to the Nature Conservancy, and are included in the archive with their permission. Most are personal effects of…

Legend of the Esperanza


These articles chronicle the legend of the wreck of the pirate ship Esperanza, whose treasure was said to be buried on Palmyra. By all accounts the…

Line Islands Experiment

Bob James, Jim Maynard, EJZ, and Steve Cox.jpg

These items represent Palmyra's role in the Line Islands Experiment, described in its summary report as follows: "In 1967 NCAR (National Center for…

Air Force Research Plane Vanishes in 1971


In June of 1971, on a return flight from observing French atomic tests in the Pacific, an Air Force C135 and her crew of 24 men (12 military, 12…

Captain William J Weisbarth


Palmyra has had its share of visiting captains over the years, many of them with stories told in books, magazines, newspapers, and other histories. …