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TFTN-321943.pdf
Brief but unique account from 1943, about a contractor named M.R. "Slim" Gooding, who worked on Palmyra's initial Navy construction projects. It describes a desk he built for his wife, and had shipped back to his home in Gooding, Idaho, along with…

Date: 1943-3-2

Iselts at Palmyra-1938.jpg
This photo comes from an unknown publication, but the photos were likely taken as part of the USS Taney's visit to Palmyra in 1937 (despite the date of the photo saying 1938), led by scientist and Bishop Museum Curator E.H. Bryan.

Our best guess…

Date: 1938

Sailor holding crab.jpg
This image comes from a 1925 issue of Paradise of the Pacific magazine, which also contained an article on Palmyra being a possible site for international conferences of the Pan-Pacific Union (read it here). There's little information beyond the…

Date: 1925-2

PotP-2-1925.pdf
In 1925, the Pan-Pacific Union was looking for a place to use as an international safe zone, where various countries and groups could meet to discuss international issues. This article describes a plan put forth by the then owner of Palmyra, Leslie…

Date: 1925-2

5NCB Galley - Mess Hall right center.jpg
Journal of Two Journeys is "a record of the deeds of the men of the Fifth Naval Construction Battalion. " These kinds of collections were common after the end of World War 2, usually published by members through Navy Resources, collecting…

Date: 1946

HA-7291917.pdf
A short but wonderful piece dictating a conversation between an old sea captain called Captain Blanchard, and an unnamed reporter at the Honolulu Advertiser. Blanchard was a colorful character, and well know in the maritime community around…

Date: 1917-07-29

Birds on Palmyra Photo-MDM-04-1925.pdf
Unfortunately, all we know of this photo is that it comes from a 1925 issue of Mid-Pacific magazine.  The caption reads:

"Life pursuing life. The birds of Palmyra live on larger fish that devour the smaller species, and they in their turn live on…

Date: 1925-04

Pacific Bird Observer-07-1967.pdf
This 1967 article was written for the Pacific Bird Observer,published in the late 1960s by the Smithsonian Institute as:"...anewsletter distributed to collaborators of the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program of the Smithsonian Institution in…

Date: 1967-07

KP6AO 1960 SM5LNE.jpg
Palmyra Designation: KP6
Operator: Warren

Special thanks to the Club Log Team for sharing this QSL with us!

Date: 1960-10-30

KG6MV KH5 1940 Warner Hoboy.jpg
Palmyra Designation: KP6
Operator: Warner Hoboy

This QSL represents the first documented DxPedition to Palmyra, and we're very excited to house a digital copy of it in our archive.

Special thanks to the Club Log Team for sharing this QSL with…

Date: 1940-06-01

KH6KQ-KP6 1948 Patrick Rigg.jpg
Palmyra Designation: KP6
Operator: William H. Dirk

Special thanks to the Club Log Team for sharing this QSL with us!

Date: 1948-03-09

Excerpt from Heroine Ships Log.pdf
This excerpt from the ships log of the Heroine, describes their sighting Palmyra on their way through the Pacific in 1844. While not the most descriptive account, it's always great to see passing ships mention Palmyra.

Special thanks to the New…

Date: 1844-03-25

Nimitz on Palmyra War Diary Excerpt.pdf
This personal account is of Waitsell Leon GIvens, a Navy Radioman, 2nd Class who was stationed on Palmyra during World War 2. Throughout his life, he would often tell his family the attached story, as relayed by his daughter.

Confirmation of…

Date: 1943-06-18

HA-761914.pdf
This article describes the scene as Captain Weisbarth and his crew set sail for Tapiteauea, where his wife and several of the other passengers were born. This article is especially unique, because of its photograph showing Mrs. Weisbarth, who is…

Date: 1914-07-06

BT-651923.pdf
A detailed account of the Legend of the Esperanza. Much of the information is the same as what's found in other articles, but there are a few slight variations.

Date: 1923-06-05

MaryAliceEvatt Excerpt.m4a
Mrs. Mary Alice Evatt was the wife of Dr Herbert Vere Evatt, a prominent Australian politician in the mid 1900s. This excerpt describes time she spent on Palmyra during the early 1940s when it was occupied by the US Navy.

Date: 1973-04-26

HA-9281921.pdf
Great article discussing the aerial survey of Palmyra in 1921, and featuring some great photographs from the trip, including the first one we've discovered of the plane used to take the photos.

Includes some unique details, like the model of plane…

Date: 1921-09-09

HA-321916.pdf
In 1916, a Chicago group called the Bachelor Girls’ Social Culture Club, offered to purchase Palmyra from then owner Henry Cooper, to use as a colony for women only.

The article details the intentions and details of the group, and is a fascinating…

Date: 1916-03-21

LPT-161982.jpg
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 Palmyra over the years, but for two details:

1. The father was wanted by the police and immediately…

Date: 1982-01-06

Christmas-1948.jpg
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 family, by way of the Nature Conservancy in Hawaii, to whom we are very grateful. For more information…

Date: 1948

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