Welcome!

Here you'll find the largest collection of unique and archival material related to the Palmyra Atoll! If this is your first visit, we recommend you check out the Interactive Timeline, which gives a great visual history and introduction to Palmyra.

Palmyra is an unorganized, incorporated US territory, sitting approximately 1,000 miles southeast of Hawaii, at the north end of the Line Islands.  This site is a catalogue of events and materials starting with the atoll's first recorded discovery in 1798, up to its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001.  

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We hope you'll learn, share, and enjoy the stories and information you discover about this small, lonely group of Pacific islands and their surprisingly rich history.

Recently Added Items

Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Soceity, Vol. 14, No. 1

HawaiianEntomologicalSociety-1949.pdf

Several brief excerpts from this report (as highlighted in blue), describe expeditions to Palmyra to study the fly and mosquito populations. These…

Friends Wave and Whistles Salute as Voyagers Sail

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…

Notes on the Birds of Palmyra

Notes on the birds of Palmyra.pdf

This account by ornithologist Dr. Frank Richardson, describes the observed bird species and behaviors during a short visit to Palmyra in 1953. Dr.…

Pacific Islands, Vol. III, Sailing Directions

Pacific Islands Vol. 3 Sailing Directions - Excerpt.pdf

For much of maritime history, sailors relied on their first hand experience, and hand drawn charts to plot their course across the oceans. Volumes…