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Newspaper article chronicling the dispute between Judge Henry Cooper and the men contesting his attempt to claim sole ownership over Palmyra.

Date: 1912

Terre Haute Tribune (Terre Haute, Indiana)-Sun, 4-15-1962.pdf
Images taken from several newspapers, showing the public warning information issued by the military during Project Dominic to keep privately owned boats and aircraft out of harm's way, and away from the islands involved in the tests, including…

Date: 1962-04

Brownsville Herald (Texas) 5-20-1948.pdf
Article describing a small colony living on Palmyra soon after it was handed back to the original owners, who succesfully sued the Navy for control. Describes the number of people living there, and their being employed by the Civil Aeronautics…

Date: 1948-05-20

The Hawaiian Gazette 4-20-1909.pdf
Newspaper interview with famous Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy) Eben "Rawhide Ben" Low describing a recent boat cruise through the South Seas. A good portion is dedicated to several days he spent on Palmyra exploring the islands.

Date: 1909-04-04

Evening Independent 9-7-1947.png
Article describing how a HAM operator and a nurse saved the life of a crash survivor on Palmyra, from 6,000 miles away.

Date: 1947-07-09

A 1979 09 16 A1.pdf
First of a four part series on the state of Palmyra in 1979, when attention was drawn to it as a potential storage site for nuclear waste. Part one gives a general description of life on the island now, and the dangers of using it for storing…

Date: 1979

A 1979 09 19 A1.pdf
Last of a four part series on the state of Palmyra in 1979, when attention was drawn to it as a potential storage site for nuclear waste. Part four discusses various mysteries surrounding the island, including the (at the time) recent murder case…

Date: 1979

A 1979 09 18 A1.pdf
Third of a four part series on the state of Palmyra in 1979, when attention was drawn to it as a potential storage site for nuclear waste. Part three describes the plant and animal life of the atoll, as the author walks through its forest and along…

Date: 1979

A 1979 09 17 A1.pdf
Second of a four part series on the state of Palmyra in 1979, when attention was drawn to it as a potential storage site for nuclear waste. Part two describes daily life for the copra plantation workers, and what the plantation hopes to achieve, as…

Date: 1979

New York NY Sun 1914  Grayscale - 0754.pdf
Detailed account of the legend surround possible buried treasure on Palmyra, from a Spanish galleon. Article's subheading reads: An old sailor's account of a cargo of gold and silver and a shipwreck in the Pacific.

Date: 1914

Papers Past _ ISLANDS WITHOUT OWNERS. (Star, 1902-07-19).pdf
Describes various remote islands around the world and highlights their features. Though several were in fact owned at the time, its still an interesting and researched account, with the only known mention of the recluse Mr. Strawn who occupied it at…

Date: 1902-07-19

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.

Date: 1921-10-04

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…

Date: 1923-04-14

Honolulu Star Bulletin - 2-17-1940.pdf
Describes the legend and confirmed details of the wreck of the Esperanza and its survivors. Also gives a general history of Palmyra, mentioning some of the scientific expeditions.

Date: 1940-02-17

Daily Pacific Commercial Advertiser - 7-6-1903.pdf
Describes in detail the story of the pirate ship Esperanza, wrecked on the reefs outside Palmyra in 1816, along with its survivors. Has a detailed map of Palmyra from the time and a basic history. Same article as posted in the archive at the link…

Date: 1903-07-06

Brief description of the search for the lost Air Force C135, the only debris of which was found 200 miles north of Palmyra.

Date: 1971-06-15

Detailed description of plans Captain William Weisbarth was making to sail for Palmyra and try to strike it rich on coconuts. His plans involved taking along a small crew, and sailing all the way to San Francisco with his spoils. It makes several…

Date: 1904-09-01

Describes return journey of Lavinia and how its cargo of coconuts was infested with "Lepidopterous larvae", and so the whole lot had to be burned. Also includes reference to a Coconut Crab brought back, that had to be killed by fumigation, but was…

Date: 1905-01-12

Describes the retirement plans of Captain Weisbarth and his wife, and their brief stop on Palmyra along the way to the Gilbert Islands, his wife's home.

Date: 1914-06-05

Longer and detailed piece covering Judge Cooper's trip Palmyra and his search for the legendary treasure supposedly buried there. Includes large excerpts from Eben "Rawhide Ben" Low's trip and coverage of the wreck of the Henry James years before. …

Date: 1913-06-28

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