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David Howard Hitchcock (1861 - 1943) was a prolific Hawaiian painter, and a member of the Volcano School (non-native peoples who painted dramatic depictions of volcanoes). He's also known for bringing the Boy Scouts program to the Hawaiian islands,…

HonoluluAdvertiser-1-29-1915.pdf
Article reports of Captain William Weisbarth and his family reaching their destination in the GIlberts, where he planned to retire. Weisbarth was well known, and this article makes clear there were regular inquiries on the result of their trip.

midpacific_volume10_issue5-excerpt.pdf
Personal account of Judge Henry E Cooper, owner of Palmyra at the time, from his time on Palmyra hosting several scientists studying plant and animal life. Includes two photographs and a variety of detail on their daily routines and the reactions of…

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…

HonoluluAdvertiser-1-3-1917.pdf
Brief account of the death of Captain Weisbarth and his final journey to his wife's home in the Gilbert Island's where he retired.

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…

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…

1921 Aerial-Crop.jpg
This image is from the 1921 aerial survey, done as part of the first coastal aerial survey performed in the United States. This very rare image was found in a collection files marked under as Japanese, and also contained a number of Palmyra aerials…

clipping_8296655.pdf
Describes the daily life and trials of a couple and single man living on Palmyra, working to establish a copra plantation. Includes various details about visiting ships, living conditions, and a letter from Mrs. Meng to a friend.

HospitalCorpsQuarterly -Jan1921.pdf
This brief write up of a naval pharmacy mate's experiences while serving with a small dispatch to Palmyra from Honolulu, contains a series of extremely rare photographs from that trip, including the first documented aerial photograph of the atoll and…

Aerial.jpg
These photos, taken from the article The Palmyra Islands, by M.L. Steele, are a unique look at Palmyra just 18 decades before it would begin undergoing serious physical changes by the Navy. Especially unique is the featured aerial photo of the…

HonoluluAdvertiser-5-5-1922.pdf
This article outlines the sailing plans and crew of the sampan Palmyra, a gasoline powered fishing vessel designed to make a fast journey to and from Palmyra.

This was the first attempt by its new owners, the Fullard-Leo's, to make a profit from…

HA-841922.pdf
This is part 1 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. Here he describes how large game fish are caught aboard a typical sampan fishing vessel. This particular event took place at Kingman Reef, on the…

HonoluluAdvertiser-8-9-1922.pdf
This is part 2 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. It describes, in colorful detail, several methods for dealing with sharks while wading on reefs like those at Palmyra.

Thurston owned the…

HA-8121922.pdf
This is part 3 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. This colorful account describes a wrestling match between a young local, Teddy Dranga, and a large Tuna they hoped to have for dinner. …

HA-1081922.pdf
This is part 4 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. This true "fish story", describes young crew member Teddy Dranga's fight with a giant eel, who had swallowed the fish, that had swallowed Teddy's…

HonoluluStarBulletin 4-14-1923.pdf
In depth article discussing the legend of the pirate ship Esperanza, and the origins of the story. Covers details rarely found in other sources of the legend, including a direct connection between the evidence and original papers describing it, and…

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This jar from the Bishop Museum's specimen collection dates to the early 1900s, and contains 3 Palmyra coconut crabs donated at various times between 1904 and 1924.

Our suspicion is the crabs came to Hawaii from Captain Weisbarth in 1904, Judge…

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…

Desert_By Wm Glasgow.jpeg
This etching was done by William Glasgow in 1930, according to its markings and notations. This particular print was purchased at a fundraiser for the Oakland Museum of California in approximately 2010. The etching was used in the introduction to…

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