Remembering Claire

Claire A. Cardina
June 13, 1931 – November 4, 2013

Our colleague and friend, Claire A. Cardina, of Tampa, passed away Monday, November 4, 2013. She is survived by her two sons, Jim and Glenn Johnson; daughters-in-law, Paula & Kim; and grandchildren, Taylor and Sydnee. Claire graduated from Gettysburg College and earned her master’s degree in Library Science from Rutgers University. She was an award winning archivist and Records Manager for the City of Tampa.
Claire was involved in many organizations and institutions. Many members of SFA served alongside her on boards such as the Florida Records Management Association (FRMA), Florida State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB), Friends of the Library – Tampa/Hillsborough County Library System, Hillsborough County Historic Advisory Council, and the Tampa Historical Society.

In 1986, when our area history became an issue, she was appointed by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commission to a task force creating the Tampa – Hillsborough County History Museum (now the Tampa Bay History Center). Not one to say “No”, she also joined the newly created Archives Awareness Council. In 1994, when the Hillsborough County Historic Commission State Statute “Sun-setted”, the County passed an ordinance creating the Hillsborough County Historic Advisory Council. Again, she served on the Council for many years – helping to install and dedicate over 20 historic markers within the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County.

The City of Jacksonville hired Claire, in 2003, as their archives consultant to cull through over 2,500 cubic feet of posters, maps, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings which dated from 1884. Mayor Delaney said “Jacksonville is a better place because of these projects and I think the departments are pleased that their accomplishments will be remembered.”

In 2007 she was appointed to the State Library and Archives of Florida Strategic Plan Long Range Planning Committee and began her years as an exhibit judge for the Hillsborough County History Fair.

It was in 1991, when Claire served as SFA President, that she introduced me to the special world of Florida archivists. For all who remember her for her mentorship and professionalism, I will miss my friend every day.

Elizabeth Laramie Dunham


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