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HaroldIckesMemorandum.pdf
We came across this document while looking through memos and letter related to the formation of Executive Order 8682, establishing Palmyra as a Naval base of operations during WW2.

This 1938 letter comes from then Secretary of the Interior Harold…

Poisonous Fish Investigation.pdf
During the late 1940's and early 1950's, reports of fish poisoning from around the line islands and central Pacific became rampant. Scores of previously edible fish were now causing severe illness, and in some cases death. The Navy, acknowledging…

OaklandTribune-1-31-1962.pdf
Fun little piece describing an upcoming eclipse and planetary alignment. Mentions astronomers being present on Palmyra to view the event, where the eclipse would be total and all five planets in the alignment visible to the naked eye.

CumberlandNews-1-6-1947.pdf
Brief account of a storm over the Pacific that caused an evacuation scare on Palmyra. This occurred during a brief period after the Navy in 1945 but the facilities were largely still in place.

Families working under the CAA (forerunner to the…

SanAntonioExpress-10-16-1958.pdf
A brief mention of Otto Hornung's life and death. His name in the article is misspelled as "Horning". Otto live on Palmyra several times throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and is mentioned in a variety of articles, military correspondence and…

1921AerialSurveyFlightPath.jpg
Deemed highly classified at the time, this map diagram shows where the 1921 aerial surveyors flew over Palmyra to photograph its many islands. Included are markings of where they landed and unloaded the aircraft from USS Eagle 40, which ferried the…

HonoluluAdvertiser-9-6-1924.pdf
This long and thorough article chronicles the Whippoorwill expedition of 1923, which took a group of scientists across the Line Islands to study local plant and animal life, as well as speak with local populations (of the few which had…

Lloyd_s_Register_of_Shipping Excerpt.pdf
The Lloyd's register was created in the 1700's to track the make and condition of ships merchants used for transporting goods. This page from the 1800 edition shows the entry for the ship Palmyra, which would wreck on Palmyra atoll two years later…

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scrippshistory.pdf
This excerpt comes from a collection of stories put together in 1993, as part of the Scripps Institute's 90th anniversary. Written Gordon Groves, it gives a brief, personal account of his experiences while stationed on Palmyra in 1963, during Gordon…

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 defendants and their grounds, as well as how the lottery tickets were to be sold and distributed.
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