This collection features nearly 1000 digitized negatives selected from about 3000 black and white photographs taken by McMillan primarily in the late 1940s and 1950s. Most of the photos were taken in and around Newport Beach while McMillan worked as a journalist and photographer for the local Ensign newspaper. This collection, along with McMillan’s two memoirs Beach Rat Days and Beach Rat Pix, capture a unique perspective of the early days of Orange County’s beach town and its evolution into a thriving city and tourist destination.
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