The Hubert A. McClain Photo Collection contains photographs, slides, and negatives.
The content of the photos are of California missions, Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose,
and from his work as a staff photographer for the Long Beach Press Telegram,
Los Angeles Mirror, and Los Angeles Times, and the Long Beach naval shipyard.
Also, includes images of western state national parks such as Yosemite and Joshua Tree.
Other photos include Antarctica, Germany and Switzerland.
Hubert A. McClain was born on March 6, 1909 in Protection, Kansas. His father,
a wheat farmer, moved the family to Kansas City in the 1920s. Hubert married Murriel
Hawkins in 1929 and worked as a photographer for the Kansas City Star until 1937
when he drove with his wife and two young sons in their new Desoto to Long Beach,
California. After his arrival he became the manager for the Winstead Brothers
Camera Store on Pine Street in downtown Long Beach. The McClain’s daughter
was born in 1940 and at the outbreak of World War II, Hurbert went to
work at the Long Beach Naval Shipyards as a photographer. Following t
he war he worked as a photographer for the Long Beach Press Telegram until
1948 when he started taking photos for the Los Angles Mirror, a subsidiary of the
Los Angeles Times. Prior to the demise of the Mirror in the 1950s, Hubert transferred
to the Los Angeles Times where he worked for the rest of his career. In addition
to his work as a photojournalist, Hubert developed a keen interest in nature photography,
which he pursued for over twenty years. His nature photos are from all
over the United States and Europe, including but not unlimited to Yosemite,
Antarctica, and Switzerland. Hubert McClain passed away in February,
1994; just two weeks shy of his 85th birthday.
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of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the
copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
There are no access restrictions on this collection.