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MaxThompsonJournal.pdf
As part of the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, Research Curator Max Thompson spent 3 days on Palmyra in March of 1967, cataloguing birds with other project members.

This excerpt from his field journals described the activities and various…

PressDemocrat-10-5-1961.pdf
This brief account details plans for a resort to be built on Palmyra. This is not the first account of someone trying to establish such an enterprise on Palmyra, but it is the first serious and documented effort since the Naval occupation.

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.

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.

DailyIndependentJournal-11-20-1965.pdf
Brief account of the failed American Sweepstakes Corporation and their efforts to use Palmyra as a base of operations to hold a lottery on the winner of the Kentucky Derby.

FresnoBee-2-28-1965.pdf
Detailed account of the foiled plans for an illegal lottery to be based on Palmyra. Gives some excellent details, including how the lottery would be structured and the poorly laid plans to create a non-profit front, based on the American Cancer…

Independent-11-9-1965.pdf
This brief article gives an overview of the outcome to the 1965 court case wherein a small corporation attempted to use Palmyra as their base of operations for an illegal gambling operation. Specifically, holding a lottery against the outcome of the…

bradner_seismic_summer excerpt.pdf
While traveling with the crew of the Dwyn Wen in 1963, as part of the Scripps Institutes study of seafloor seismology, Marge Bradner recorded her experiences of the voyage and the islands they visited.

This detailed and fascinating excerpt…

PalmyraClip1.mp4
This 30 minute documentary showcases the Waves Across the Pacific project. The brainchild of famed scientist Walter Munk, this series of oceanic observations proved waves could start anywhere on the planet, and travel thousands of miles, often…

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This order officially placed responsibilities for managing Palmyra under the Department of the Interior, where it remains today. Since its removal from management by the Naval department, Palmyra had been somewhat is flux, but here Kennedy assured…

Bob James, Jim Maynard, EJZ, and Steve Cox.jpg
Dr. Zipser was the scientific coordinator for the Line Islands Experiment, a testament to his knowledge and skill, having received his doctorate just a few years prior. These photos were taken by him and his staff during his time on Palmyra.

The…

Aerial.jpg
Photos taken from the full report of the Line Islands Experiment, showing various activities on Palmyra and several diagrams.

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…
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