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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Photo Collection: Harry Setzer

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These photos were taken by Naval Photographer Harry Setzer during May and June of 1944, while he was visiting Palmyra on his tour through the Pacific…

Excerpt from Air Pilot Manual of the Pacific Islands

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This book was published throughout World War 2, and gave pilots general overviews of friendly island facilities throughout the Pacific, and…

Photos of Coconut Crab Specimen

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These images are of a coconut crab in the archives of the Bishop Museum in Hawaii. We know the specimen was donated to them in 1924, but there's no…

Newspaper Article: Palmyra Isle Land of Wonders

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Extensive piece covering the return journey and discoveries of Judge Henry Cooper on his initial visit to Palmyra, after purchasing it for $750. He…