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JournalofUSSPortsmouth-1873.pdf
This journal describes the voyage of the USS Portsmouth as part of the US North Pacific Surveying Expedition, including the first extensive survey of plant and animal life on Palmyra. From the manuscript: "Journal relating to collections made in…

Date: 1874

midpacific_volume10_issue5-excerpt.pdf
Personal account of Judge Henry E Cooper, owner of Palmyra at the time, from his time on Palmyra hosting several scientists studying plant and animal life. Includes two photographs and a variety of detail on their daily routines and the reactions of…

Date: 1915-11

HonoluluAdvertiser-9-6-1924.pdf
This long and thorough article chronicles the Whippoorwill expedition of 1923, which took a group of scientists across the Line Islands to study local plant and animal life, as well as speak with local populations (of the few which had…

Date: 1924-10-06

TempletonCrockerExpedition-Excerpt.pdf
The Templeton Crocker expedition did a great deal of animal life collecting on various Pacific islands, on behalf of the California Academy of Sciences. They gathered a few samples from Palmyra, which are mentioned in the excerpt.

Date: 1934-10-16

USXX-Vol23-Excerpt.pdf
For those not familiar, the US Exploring Expedition (USXX) was the first oceanic research expedition, and the most audacious of its time. It sought to explore, map, and catalogue the lands, creatures, and peoples living in the lesser known island…

Date: 1942

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 are the only mention of these expeditions we know of, and are also the first scientific confirmation…

Date: 1950-03

Poisonous Fish Investigation.pdf
During the late 1940's and early 1950's, reports of fish poisoning from around the line islands and central Pacific became rampant. Scores of previously edible fish were now causing severe illness, and in some cases death. The Navy, acknowledging…

Date: 1953-05-06

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This early issue of the Pacific Naturalist periodical was dedicated entirely to a study done on Palmyra under the title, " Changes in Palmyra Atoll and its Vegetation through the Activities of Man, 1913-1958". This collection features a series of…

Date: 1959-02-04

Pacific_Naturalist_Vol_1_No_2_1959.pdf
Extensive report on the physical changes Palmyra has undergone since 1913, when one of the first extensive physical surveys of its shores, plants, and animal life was done. This report contains a wealth of information of general interest, describing…

Date: 1959-02-04

RobertStandenJournal.pdf
This excerpt comes from the field notes of researcher Robert Standen, who was part of the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, created by the Smithsonian. For several days during September of 1964, Standen worked on Palmyra to catalogue bird…

Date: 1964-09

Barracks, northwest of seaplane ramp, Palmyra. Note roof ribbing. Rain gutters would be difficult to mount..tiff
These photos were taken by personnel while stationed on Palmyra and showcase the project and its members at the time, as well as some beautiful aerials and scenic shots of the islets.

Date: 1967

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, "Changes in Palmyra Atoll and its Vegetation through the Activities of Man". This work is perhaps the…

Date: 1967

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…

Date: 1967-03

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…

Date: 1967-03-05

Pacific Bird Observer-07-1967.pdf
This 1967 article was written for the Pacific Bird Observer,published in the late 1960s by the Smithsonian Institute as:"...anewsletter distributed to collaborators of the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program of the Smithsonian Institution in…

Date: 1967-07

Catalogue of Meterological Data-Excerpt.pdf
Project summary and data gathered during the line islands experiment during 1967. Includes general information on Palmyra, photographs and diagrams from the researchers stationed there, and a summary of the project data.

Date: 1968-01

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

Date: 1968-01

2009-01-13 05.29.57.jpg
In 1979, a small group of government researchers and officials covertly flew to Palmyra on a classified mission to asses the feasibility of storing nuclear material on the atoll. The group encountered difficulties with their aircraft along the way,…

Date: 1979

2009-01-13 03.55.59.jpg
In 1987, Dr. James Maragos helped convince the then owners of Palmyra, the Fullard-Leo family, to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to survey Palmyra, for a potential cleanup project to remove materials still left from the Naval occupation during…

Date: 1987

1992_McDermond_Palmyra 1.jpeg
Starting in February of 1992, a team of US Fish and Wildlife scientists visited Palmyra. The summary report describes the purpose of the visit as follows:

"Our goal was to characterize the terrestrial biota of the atoll in terms of species…

Date: 1992-02-18

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