Claudine Burnett has actively been pursuing Southern California history since 1971.

She is the former head of the Literature and History Department of Long Beach Public Library and is a member of various historical societies.  Her credentials include a B.A. in history from the University of California, Irvine; a Master’s in Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. She writes regularly for the Long Beach Beachcomber as well as doing editorial work for various historical publications.

At Festival Obscura. Helping save Sunnyside Cemetery .

She has received numerous awards, and appeared on national radio and television. Named one of the City of Long Beach’s most influential people in the cultural arts by the Long Beach Business Journal, and described by the Long Beach Press Telegram as “one of this town’s finest historians,” Ms. Burnett’s books are sure to open up new sources of information for history enthusiasts, and most definitely shed additional light on the past.


I’m a retired librarian, who for 25 years spent as much free time as I could pouring over old microfilmed newspapers in the Long Beach Public Library’s Periodicals Department to create the library’s Long Beach History Index, which you can find on the library’s website.

My quest for information began with the year 1881, which was the year William Willmore created the town that would eventually take the name Long Beach, AND the year the Los Angeles Times began publishing.  As I followed the Times, the Los Angeles Herald and the Long Beach papers that eventually came into being, I kept coming across stories about wonderful people, and events, that helped shape not only Long Beach, but Southern California as well. Even though I indexed the articles, and made selective copies for the library’s files, I feared these wonderful tales full of valuable information would remain forgotten unless I did something about it.  The end result was several books.

Recently, newspaper digitization has added more venues for research. This has allowed me to expand my writing arena and uncover more forgotten history of California.

FOR MORE don’t miss Claudine Burnett’s interview on early Long Beach aviation.   ALSO HER C-Span interviews 


“Long Beach is fortunate to have such an accomplished historian. Thank you for everything you do to keep our rich history alive.”

“Long Beach librarian, researcher and author Claudine Burnett has, as is always the case, been a tremendous and reliable source of some of the facts in this book. There are some history writers in this town who use her research shamelessly (she is remarkably free with it) without giving her credit. I hope to never forget or neglect to mention the work she has done in archiving and preserving the city’s history in every aspect.”

“‘Soaring Skyward’ is another example of the good publicity and attention the city receives for its rich background in aviation.”

“(Haunted Long Beach) is a wonderful history of Long Beach, as well as a good source of real ghost stories…”

“(Haunted Long Beach) I loved this book. I love Long Beach and Ghost stories. This book was very informative and fun! I learned some history that I did now know…”