Welcome to the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive!

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

The Palmyra Atoll 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.

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Geschichte und Beschreibung aller Länder und Völker

Oceanien_Bd_Polynesien.pdf

Title Translation: History and Description of All Countries and Peoples, Oceania, Volume 2

From the Text:
Mit vielen bildlichen Darstellungen von…

Newspaper Article: Account of Captain Weisbarth

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.

Newspaper Article: Weisbarth Party Finds its Haven

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…

Photo of E. Yale Dawson Working on Palmyra

EYaleDawson.jpg

This photo shows noted botanist E. Yale Dawson studying samples on the Palmyra Atoll in 1958. This work would become the extensive published report,…