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CoopersClaim1912.pdf
Newspaper article chronicling the dispute between Judge Henry Cooper and the men contesting his attempt to claim sole ownership over Palmyra.

Date: 1912

Algae on ground-1966.jpg
Photographs taken over several visits to Palmyra, from 1964 to 1966, during the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program. Palmyra was primarily visited by the teams to study its bird population, but as you can see from the photos, specimens of crabs…

Date: 1964/1966

NuclearWasteProposal.pdf
A detailed analysis of storing nuclear waste on the Palmyra Atoll, including diagrams for containers, projected amounts of materials, histories of nuclear activity in the pacific, and other pertinent information.

Date: 1982-03-12

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FlagRasingFront.jpg
From back of photo:

A Navy communique received here reported "Palmyra Island was shelled by an enemy submarine", but it added that "there were no casualties." Palmyra lies almost as far south of Honolulu as Wake Island to the westward. This…

Date: 1941-12-25

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MovieList-A.pdf
These lists inventory the available films to be shown in the island theatre for soldiers and officers to watch in their off hours. These 2 scans represent a small excerpt of the dozens of pages listing movies shown during the active wartime…

Date: 1943

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NavalDiagram.jpg
This diagram, scanned from declassified material, shows the designated airplane and seaplane landing zones during the wartime occupation.

Date: 1943

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This video shows footage from the initial dredging efforts and runway construction started in 1939 on Palmyra, in preparation for the naval base.

Date: 1939

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RovingsInThePacificExcerpt.pdf
Edward Lucatt was a merchant based out of Tahiti. He published logs of his travels throughout the Pacific, including a landing at Palmyra in 1848.

Date: 1848-07-21

LadyLampsonWreckNYTimes.pdf
Article from the New York Times, subtitled: How they escaped from the ship, only to return to it and leave it again - nearly a month on short rations in a boat with an insane man.

Date: 1893-03-20

History of U.S. Army on Palmyra Island OCLC31764491 D767.99.P34 H57 1944.pdf
A detailed report of the United States Army's presence on Palmyra, starting in 1943. Special attention is given to the number of assigned, their rank and file, as well as specific weapons installations, and the conditions of the Atoll..

Date: 1956-09-27

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AfterStormFront.jpg
Photo taken after the stationed personnel were almost evacuated because of a severe storm.

Text of Caption on back of photo:

Island outpost almost abandoned in storm
Palmyra Island — The Navy department in Washington said January 5th that…

Date: 1947-01-05

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OceanOutpostsExcerpt.pdf
Single page excerpt from the book, Ocean Outposts, giving a brief description of Palmyra.

Date: 1942

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USSBurrowsMatchbook.jpg
Rare official Navy matchbook from the USS William Ward Burrows, a transport ship used throughout the Pacific during WW2. It features a small map on the back, showing Palmyra as a location.

Date: 1942

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6th WX going home.jpeg
A collection of photos taken by 6th Weather Squadron members while stationed on Palmyra, to observe results from the nuclear tests carried out as part of Operation Dominic.

Date: 1962

Roger - Flower.tiff
Images taken of and by Roger Lextrait during his time as caretaker of Palmyra, from 1992 to 1999.

Date: 1992/1999

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BirdIslet.jpg
Photos have been take from arguably the first dedicated scientific study of Palmyra, focusing on its plant and bird life.

Excerpt from the document's preface:

"The following pages are the result of a more or less thorough investigation…

Date: 1916-04-10

TrafficSpendingRpt.pdf
A detailed proposal for using Palmyra as, "a destination resort community with diversified activites which will attract a large volume of visitors to the resort hotel complex."

Date: 1963

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JournalofUSSPortsmouth-1873.pdf
This journal describes the voyage of the USS Portsmouth as part of the US North Pacific Surveying Expedition, including the first extensive survey of plant and animal life on Palmyra. From the manuscript: "Journal relating to collections made in…

Date: 1874

4-10-58.jpg
Palmyra Designation: KP6AL
Operator: W6NZW - Jack Wheeler

Date: 1958-04-10

Terre Haute Tribune (Terre Haute, Indiana)-Sun, 4-15-1962.pdf
Images taken from several newspapers, showing the public warning information issued by the military during Project Dominic to keep privately owned boats and aircraft out of harm's way, and away from the islands involved in the tests, including…

Date: 1962-04

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