Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Enid M. Baa
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 Material Information
Title: Funeral Booklet for Enid M. Baa
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
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Language: English
Creator: Estate of Enid M. Baa
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
 Subjects
Subject: Baa, Enid M.
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Caribbean
 Notes
Abstract: The Enid M. Baa Library of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) has acquired an extensive collection of memorial booklets since the early 1970's for U. S. Virgin Islands residents. Booklets are usually more than 10 pages long and give details of the life and family connections of the deceased.
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300041
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: Enid M. Baa Library and Archives, Virgin Islands Department of Libraries, University of the Virgin Islands
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.

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SEPTEMBER 28 1911 JULY 25,1992


Enid Maria Baa was born onSep- ship to the Graduate Library School
tember 28,1911, in St. Thomas, Vir- at Hampton Institute. Enid worked
gin Islands, six years before these with college libraries at Hampton
Virgin Islands were annexed to the Institute, Atlanta University,
United States from Denmark. She Howard University, and finally at
grew to be a remarkable young stu- Columbia University where she re-
dent and later, a formidable scholar. ceived her B.A. in English Litera-
Enid M. Baa did extensive research ture and the Humanities in 1949.
in Spanish, Portuguese, French, At the same time, Hampton Insti-
Danish and English. She devoted tute conferred upon her a post
her main energies to the prolifera- graduate B.S. degree in Library Sci-
tion of information and education ence. It was at Columbia Univer-
regarding the conservation, culture, sity that she was to publish her first
history, and welfare of the lives of of many papers and scholarly
Virgin Islanders, neighboring Car- works. Her most recently published
ibbean Islands and countries hav- work was in 1972 bringing the total
ing influence on those islands. of her published works to over six-
Throughout her life, she made her teen in number.
contributions through the library Miss Baa was a researcher. She
science media. She participated in traveled to Denmark,Spain and
the establishment of the first high Portugal, visiting the archives, and
school library in St., Thomas, and researching information from those
she was one of the first four stu- sources. Her intimate knowledge
dents to graduate from the High of Europe, most Caribbean coun-
School on the island in 1931. Her tries and the United States was first
innate belief that history must be hand because of her research in
vitally preserved inspired Enid's those places
encouragement of young scholars
to find joy in the pursuit of knowl- In her role of historian, Miss Baa
edge. accomplished a monumental and
e r t f U. D thorough accounting of the migra-
She received the first U.S. De- tion of prominent Sephardic Jewish
apartment of Interior scholarship, families to the Virgin Islands, as well
and matriculated at Howard Uni- as to South America. Many fami-
versity. One year later, she received Hes searching for their roots found
the Carnegie Foundation scholar- a wealth of information about their
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S ancestors
when they re-
ferred to this
important
source. For a
time, she was
the official
record keeper
of these files.
As part of her interest in geneal-
ogy, and in her later years, Enid

to the northwest African coast of
Senegal in the 18th century. She
learned that one of her ancestors
distinguished herself as a trusted
friend and assistant to Victor Hugo.
Enid Maria Baa pursued her ca-
reer with great zest ~ad fervor.
During her lifetime, she held many
notable positions. She served the
cause of the libraries in the Carib-
bean and the Virgin Islands gov-
ernment in the following capaci-
ties: She was the first woman to
hold a cabinet level office in the
Virgin Islands government; Super-
vising Librarian for the Virgin Is-
lands; Librarian at the University
of Puerto Rico; preliminary cata-
loger at the Columbia University
Library; Fellow librarian at Queens
College, N.Y.; Head of the Serial
Cataloging Section at the United
Nations Library, N.Y.; Reference
Librarian and Cataloger of the
Woodrow Wilson League of Na-
tions Documents; Specialist in Cata-
loging of Spanish and Portuguese
materials at the New York Public
Library, Reference Division; Library
Consultant to the Governor of the
Virgin Islands; and Director of Li-
braries and Museums and Archives


in the Virgin Islands. It was during
this time that Miss Baa concentrated
on developing the Von Scholten Col-
lection. This collection is a unique
resource to students researching
rare media concerning the socio-ec-
nomic dynamics of the age when
the Danish Governor of the same
name began legislation to provide
education and emancipation to the
DanishWest Indian slaves. She was
seconded to the position of Librar-
ian in Charge of the Caribbean Or-
ganization Library at San Juan, Pu-
erto Rico. During her tenure as Di-
rector of Libraries and Museums,
Miss Baa represented the Virgin Is-
lands government at the third
UNESCO conference; the first con
ference on Caribbean Archives in
Mona, Jamaica; and the first Con-
ference on Conservation in the East-
ern Caribbean, in St. John. She was
a consultant and made many oral
presentations at conferences.
Many recognized her worth and
contributions and she was awarded
numerous honors, including the
John Hay Whitney Foundation Fel-
lowship Award in 1955; Citation
from Who's Who of American
Women, 1967; Who's Who Interna-
tional Gold Citation, 1968; Diploma
from the Two Thousand Women of
Achievement, 1970; Certificate of
Merit from the Dictionary of Latin
America and Caribbean Biogra-
phies, 1970; Citation from the Vir-
gin Islands Legislature for 40 years
of pub lc library service, 1972; Cer-
tificate from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture Graduate School for
Executive Management Program
completion, 1972; Elected to the Vir-





I d gin Islands island of St. Thomas. She came back
Academy of to it, and gave back to it.
Aers, 1972 L- Those who knew Enid were em-

tation from the braced by her lilting laughter and
Association of warm personality. She was a giv-
Caribbean Uni- ing hostess who enjoyed entertain-
versities and ing friends and family, sharing her
Research Insti- possessions and their history with
tutes and Li- others, while regaling one with the
braries, 1972; Honorary Doctorate antics of her dogs.
in Philosophy (Ph.D) from Colorado Her love and devotion to her
State Christian College, 1972; 22K mother, Sarah Bufford Baa: was leg-
Gold Medalby the RoyalMint, Lon- endary, and her work with the
don, for Community Service, 1972; church was notable. Besides volun-
and the Royal Medal of Award, first steering her time, Miss Baa made
class, bestowed by Her Majesty, land available to the Lutheran and
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Catholic churches in Estate Hope.
and the Certificate for the Royal How better to serve the Lord and
Medal, 1976. The main library in His sheep!
St. Thomas has borne her name
T sas b ae lShe leaves us all to mourn her
since 1978. Enid M. Baa loved the he leaves us a to u er






Ronald Belfon, James T. Buschulte, David A. Bomrnn, Esq.,
Dr. Almery Caron, Enrique Richards, Robert A. Taylor


dbnoory GZraffearers
Albert Comissiong, Sideny Comissiong, M.D., Phillip L. Comeiro,
James J. Joyce, M.D., Randolph Wilhelmson



Micheal A. Bornn, Christian A. Dout
Shirley H. Lincoln, Lorraine Watson Cranston















araer of
BLESSING OF THE BODY AT DOOR OF THE CHURCH
ORGANSOLO ......................... Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
J.S. Bach
ENTRANCE HYMN ......................... IAm the Bread of Life
GREETING AND OPENING PRAYER
FIRSTREADING .............................. Deuteronomy8:1-3
RESPONSORIAL PSALM ....................... 139:1-3,13-14,14-15
Response: .... I praise you for I am wonderfully made.
SECOND READING ......................... I Corinthians 15:35-44
Manner of the Resurrection
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
GOSPEL
HOMILY
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
OFFERTORY HYMN ............................... HeartofJesus
SIGNOFPEACE ............................ Prayer of St Francis
COMMUNION HYMN ................ Mother Dear, O Pray For Me
MEDITATIONSOLO .................................. FayMoon
Panis Angelicus, Csar Franck
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
EULOGY ..................................... .. Celeste V. Lopes
FINAL COMMENDATION AND FAREWELL
RECESSIONALHYMN ................. Joyful, Joyful We Adore You















-73VE KNT.I ENT HOULSE
HRF:RLO'TFE .esElE St 'Thomas
The Virgin IsIlands community m.lumb the loss. of one of its giants
Enid hM Baa gave a Idethme of devoted service in pursue of enlghten-
ment and was dedicated to the preservation of the h.IStorl and cultural
heritage of our great ip-ople
When th final chapter of this territory's "l(urney through hstorv" is
written. Enid hM BIaa'i nme will emirge as a person who married die
future to lth past and set a standard of excellence in a bIelong crusade
against lhe greatest enemy known to us in tlE 20lth centuh -i gnorarnce.
Thooe who devote. their hlves to enlheihlenin, others never really die
They leave in the wakbe of their passing coutmless others who have the
capabilth and inplralion to mode their societyy upward and forward.
Enid M Baa leaves mai,' inspired to continue that never-ending struggle
for knowledge. The Virgin Islands is a bptier land Itause she W'oLrk in
our midsl
On behalf of a proud and grateful Virgmi Islands, on an d I extend our
condole,-c-s to 'er famIlv and finends May iheir sailnes. be asuaged by
the knowlMIge that EIUd M Baa has tpositively touched generlatiol of
Virgin Islanders with her vision and lie's work.
A!erander Farrdll
Govemor of the i' gI n islands

OFACE OF T1 ir. LT 0:,, EF'NC'R
Ci iOl.OrTL[F MAUE.ST THOM.'S
A cloud passed over the Virgin Islands on Saturday when v.e learned
that Erud Baa had died It was but a momentarE dimming, however. o
the lorch she h ld held all the e years in her determination to preserve the
written hitl-on of our islands The memory of her efforts will continue to
cast bght on the path ;e will follow to ptrolect and enhance our hentage.
She brought to her lie's work a quiet elegance of the minJ and spirit
which exEemphfied the bel of the human condition Certatnly, one could
not meet her and not be caught up in the fervor and passion she exuded
when she spoke ot the need to archlEe our luston The listener also
quickly understrood that she was nut selUih in her concerns: the larger
Caribbean was deeply embedded in her consciousnes
Morque and I extend our condolence tio her iamil. and trends confl-






~/^ 2 dent that the pain of her loss will be assuaged by the
memory of Enid Baa's many contributions to our

We have lost a Virgin Islands pioneer and patriot
but her memory will live on among the grateful
residents of our islands.
May she rest in peace.
Derek M. Hodge
Lt. Governor of the Virgin Islands
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WASHINGTON, D.C
Enid Baa was without question the Virgin Islands' most important
librarian and archivist. Her scholarship preserved, and in many cases
rescued, irreplaceable records that documented the history of our islands
and people. Enid Baa knew the importance of the past to the present and
worked to preserve historical records that otherwise might have been lost

It was Enid Baa's unique vision that led her to establish the Von
Scholten Collection at the downtown Charlotte Amalie library that now
bears her name. Today, thanks to the dedication of Enid Baa and others
such as June Lindqvist, the Von Scholten Collection is the most important
single repository we have to chronicle our achievements.
In her 20 years as Director of Libraries and Museums, Enid Baa pro-
vided the leadership and dedication that gave direction and purpose to
the department. And by ensuring that so much of our history would be
preserved, Enid Baa herself has earned an important place in history.
Our community owes her a real debt of gratitude.
Ron deLugo
Chairman, Subcommittee on
Insular and International Affairs

CAPITOL BUILDING
CHARLOTTE AMAUE, ST. THOMAS
Enid M. Baa possessed a passion for knowledge evidenced by her
devotion and dedication to assure that residents of this Territory have
access to accurate information. She was a strong advocate for the preser-
vation of Virgin Islands history and culture.
It was during my tenure as Commissioner in the then-Department of
Conservation and Cultural Affairs, when she retired from her position as
Director of Libraries, Archives and Museums. Regrettably, I accepted her
resignation.
I have always regarded her as a font of knowledge and inspiration for
library and archival development. Enid M. Baa fostered the establish-
ment of the important and rare Von Scholten Collection, which resulted






4 from her vision, and concern for the preservation of
the history of these islands.
On behalf of the members and staff of the Nine-
teenth Legislature, I extend our heartfelt condolences
to her family and many friends and associates. May
her soul rest in eternal peace.
Virdin C. Brown
President, 19th Legislature

In the passing of Enid Maria Baa the Virgin Islands
,have lost a great heroine. Some day a serious scholar will write a compre-
hensive biography of Miss Baa. Only then will the people of the Virgin
Islands and the world fully realize the enormous range of this lady's
contribution to the Virgin Islands and elsewhere in the areas of library
science, culture, scholarship and archival work, among many others.
In addition to her myriad achievements and contributions, Miss Baa
was a high tower of great charm, dignity and grace. She inspired all with
whom she came into contact by her keen intellect and sparkling personal-
ity.
Personally, I wish to thank Miss Baa for her contributions to whatever
academic success I may have attained. I received a major portion of my
education at the Enid M. Baa Library and Archive thanks to the work of
Miss Baa, Miss June V. Linqvist, Miss Blance Souffront and others.
The members of the Division of Social Sciences of the University of the
Virgin Islands and the Virgin Islands Historical Society join me extending
sincere condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. May she rest in
peace.
Charles W. Turnbull, Ph.D.
Professor ofHistory, University of the Virgin Islands
and President of the Virgin Islands Historical Society

The people of the Caribbean have lost a dedicated public servant. Enid
Baa, the distinguished librarian from the Virgin Islands, was for many
years the librarian of the Caribbean Organization. The chancellors, rec-
tors and presidents of the universities and colleges of the Caribbean,
members of the Association of Caribbean Universities (UNICA), send
their condolences to the family of Enid Baa and to the people of the Virgin
Islands who have lost a person who, through her professional dedication,
has made a lasting contribution to the history of the region.
Thomas Mathews
Secretary General of UNICA

All who teach, study, write about, care about, or are simply curious
about Virgin Islands history are forever indebted to Enid M. Baa. Much
of what is now shelved, recorded, catalogued, or otherwise preserved
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about these islands would not exist in usable form if
it were not for her protracted and untiring efforts.
However, even more impressive to me than the
tangible evidence of Miss Baa's labors, was the infec-
tious professionalism that she was able to impart to
co-workers and younger scholars and researchers.
Often, after a conversation with Miss Baa about her
work, one is left with the conviction and inspiration
that there is absolutely nothing in this world that is nobler and more
exciting than the collection and preservation of the records of human life
and development in the Virgin Islands, the wider Caribbean, any-
where. She never missed an opportunity to engage one in the cause. In
1972, on hearing that I was going to spend the summer in West Africa, she
asked me to do whatever research I could there regarding the Baa name.
Enid M. Baa was a consummate professional an elegant, warm, and
engaging person, a gracious hostess, a promoter of culture and art, and a
Virgin Islander who cared deeply about these islands and the world. As
she enjoys her eternal reward, she may rest assured of her esteemed place
in the historical records she labored so valiantly to upgrade and enhance.
Marilyn F. Krigger

Dear Miss Baa ... I will miss your gentle ways, your tactful humor,
your personal concern, your generous sharing of information, your soft
nudging into meaningful research, and our long, happy conversations.
You were the one who awakened my interest in Caribbean and Virgin
Islands history, who guided me through archives and references and who
introduced me to Jean-Paul Hervien and other Guadeloupe scholars.
You, more than anyone, should be honored for having brought high
standards of scholarship into the study of the history of the Virgin Islands.
I regret not having taken greater advantage of what you gave so
willingly, and not producing more of what you wanted in return. I do
promise, however, that I will make greater efforts to publish and to
follow your standards.
Affectionately, Aimery Caron

The members of the Virgin Islands Boards of Education wish to ex-
press their sorrow at the passing of Enid M. Baa. This great lady repre-
sented the highest level in public service achievement One of her fore-
most missions as a librarian was to see the full development of archival
facilities in the Virgin Islands. We extend our fullest sympathy to her
family and friends.
Mario A. Watlington
Chairman, V.I. Joint Boards ofEducation







cgP ememramnce of/a asrmaue

twelve students went through the highest grade of
that era and became "The Class of '28." Enid was one
of us. She went on to be a member of the first class to
graduate from Charlotte Amalie High School The
Class of '31."
Today we mourn the loss of the four "girls" in our
class. But we also remember with pride their contri-
butions to the academic and scholastic life of our community; the late
Rehulita Wallace Dunlop, Annie Hodge Calwood, Evelyn Marcelli and
Enid M. Baa. The other deceased members are Herbert Francis, Eric
Smith, Rudolph Miller, Jr, and Dr. Ptolmey Corbiere.
The four surviving members, LeRoy Joseph, Leslie Moorehead, Viggo
Schmedes and Rufus Vanterpool join with the rest of our community in
a tribute to this great scholar, who was one of us for six decades.
The Class of'28



With grace, pride and dignity,
She took an interest in me unexpectedly
As I listened to her stories and took the lessons to heart,
I recognized the wisdom she tried to impart,
My world was touched by her generous soul,
I wonder if she realized how significant her role,
Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, by mail they arrived,
Such thoughtfulness and kindness, and I was surprised,
What a keen observer, and little did I know,
She was enjoying what I played on my grand piano,
Beyond my world to the Virgin Islands, her home,
Enid Baa's foot steps will forever roam,
For through Baa libraries every child should browse,
She left countless gifts that those walls now house,
To have known this great lady, I consider myself lucky,
And I know, that she knew, that we all loved her dearly,
Ave Maria Lindqist Wallace, Age 12
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Nid... Little did we know that the casual conver-
sation we had at dinner on the 21st of July would be
our last; that you would leave the table of life so
unexpectedly. As usual, you were bright and cheery
and conversation roamed from topics of history, to
current events, to people, and to cultural highlights;
and you had a factual statement on each that was
clearly based in knowledge, not conjecture or melee.
From ever since I can remember events of my own,
you were always there to help me, to give a guiding
hand, to encourage me in my studies and interest in history, and to
simply inquire how I was doing. Others can speak of your accomplish-
ments in the community. To me you were a giant in courage and motiva-
tion. I will always remember you for your meticulous approach to every
task taken on by you, so that when you spoke or wrote you did so with
authority. "We will miss you" is an understatement. Your empty chair
will serve as a monument to Virgin Islanders who cared about their
homeland and the education of its people. I will miss our casual conver-
sations and your caring. Enjoy your rest.
Affectionately. David A. Bornn


Tomes will be written on the professional contributions of Enid Maria
Baa, Librarian, nonpareil; consummate researcher and scholar, but few
will have had the privilege to know Enid Baa, the person.
Haughty, aloof, stuck-up are all terms which some have erroneously
used to describe her. This was because she was a very private person -
sensitive, caring, retiring. Sociable, but not gregarious.
For many of us who worked with her and came under her tutelage, we
were able to get to know and appreciate Enid Baa, the person, as well as
Enid Baa, the personage.
She always seemed able to take a special interest in each staff member
observing, counselling, encouraging, but making demands and by her
very example, urging you to stretch every nerve in pursuit of improve-
ment and ultimately excellence. Long before it became popular to know
about "role models," we had one. Writing to the staff on July 15,1968
after we held a testimonial dinner in her honor to celebrate her 35 years, a
librarian, she wrote.
"I owe you, collectively and individually, a debt of gratitude which
can never be repaid, but only humbly recognized.
On Sunday, June 30th, you honored me beyond my fondest imagina-
tion in a celebration which I would say was unsurpassed in its simplicity,
sincerity and, as Mrs. Paiewonsky said, in friendship and love.
Some of the staff whose seniority dates back almost to half my term of
service can attest to the difficulties of working with me. I am under no





S illusions as to the demands I make on you but I do not
apologize since I am sure that you know why."
We know why. It was because she cared!
She was a woman of great inner strength and a
deep abiding faith which sustained her through two
bouts of surgery for cancer and subsequent radiation
treatments. After each illness she returned to work
determined to pursue and to accomplish the goals she
had set for herself. Never indulging in self-pity, but
always grateful for her recovery.
Then there was the recurring heart ailment which resulted in having a
pacemaker implanted in December, 1988. But, she was a fiercely inde-
pendent person and even though aft ththe pacemaker implant her steps
were slowed and the once robust body was now frail, she never lost the
independence of spirit which had characterized her entire life. Now, she
acquiesced gracefully and gratefully to the attention of family and friends
never making demands and never complaining about the pains and
discomfort to which she was subject.
Children and young people always intrigued Enid Baa. She could
spend hours talking with them on a one to one basis or in a group. She
enjoyed observing them, listening to them. She said she learned from
them. The children of her family and extended family seemed to have
therapeutic effects on her. I was always amazed how after any family
social where she had been in the company of the young people she
seemed revitalized and with a new perspective. Often a student would
call her to ask for some information or to interview her. Well, you have
never seen anyone come to life the way she did. She would invite them to
come home so she could meet them personally. Some have come with
parents she enjoyed them all because she cared.
For me, she has been my mentor, giving moral support, never effusive,
sometimes silently, but it was there. She never failed to let me know
when I was less than was expected of me. So when the praise was given
you knew for sure it was well-earned. Most of all, she has been my
friend.
Thank you for taking the time you so freely gave and for the privilege
of "sitting at the feet of Gamaliel."
So long, my friend you have gone to a well-deserved rest but not for
long I am sure.
With gratitude, June A. V. Lindqvist
P.S. St. Peter, loo out your library is duefor re-taloging and reorgsnizatiaon
and the addition of Virgin Islands history. Enid Maria Baa has arrived in heaven.

The flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of
Grandma, Sarah Buffbrd Baa, mother of Graciella M. Taylor and Enid M. Baa.
She entered into her Father's kingdom on July 31, 1985.
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VIRGIN ISLANDS
SESSION LAWS
REGULAR SESSION



(BILL 6514)
Act No. 3668
(Approved January 24, 1975)

To Honor and Congratulate Miss Enid M. Baa for Her
Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Library Science
in the Virgin Islands and the Entire Western Hemisphere.


WHEREAS Miss Enid M. Baa and Columbia University in New
was bom on the Island of St. Tho- York City, the last from which she
mas on September 28,1911; and received her Bachelor of Science De-
WHEREAS Miss Baa received agree in English Literature and, si-
her elementary and secondary edu- multaneously, a Master's Degree in
cation on the Island of St. Thomas, Library Science; and
and was one of four students to WHEREAS Miss Baa began her
receive the first high school diplo- library science career in the Virgin
mas awarded from a St. Thomas Islands in 1933, when she was ap-
public school in 1931; and pointed by then Governor Paul M.
WHE ASMPearson as Supervising Librarian for
Sthe Virgin Iusds, and with inter-


an WHEREAS Miss Ban received nor Archibald A Alexander; and
en te eruptions for scholastic pursuits,
library science, can interest which, Miss Baac continued in the service
in the years ahead, was to earn her oftheGoverneontof the gserv-
nationaldinter n of the Government of the Virgin Is-
national and international recogni- lands and was appointed, in 1954,
on Sor outstadig achievem et to theposition of Director of Librar-
ies and Museums by then Gover-
WHEREAS Miss Baa received nor Archibald A. Alexander; and
formal training in library science WHEREAS Miss Baa has, during
from several mainland schools be- her long and eventful career in li-
ginning in 1931, including Howard brary science, amassed a long list of
University in Washington, D.C, notable accomplishments, a few of
Hampton Institute in Virginia, At- which are:
lanta University in Atlanta, George
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4f1- (1) pub- courageous Danish ovenorwhose
served the very were of great social economic
Sephardic Jew- and educational benefit to Virgin
ish Records of Islanders in the mid nineteenth cen-
the Virgin Is- tury;
lands, which (3) served for several years, be-
ace the gee ginning in 1961, as Librarian in
paogy f many Charge of Caribbean Organization
Library in San Juan, Puerto Rico;
gin Islands families, for which she SanJ Peti;
was awarded the John Hay (4) is listed in and received a cita-
Whitney Foundation Fellowship for tion from Who's Who of American
Research in 1955; Women, in recognition of outstand-
(2) initiated in 1959 the Von ing accomplishments in1967;
Scholten Collection in tribute to the (5) received a Diploma from the


















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Publication completion of a long dedicated and
Twoe Thousand illustrious career in service to the
Women of people of the Virgin Islands in the
Achievement field of Library Science, as well as
for her distin- for the numerous honors which have
g u i s h e d been bestowed upon her and for her
achievements numerous achievements which have
in Library Sci- so greatly enriched the historical and
ence, 1970; cultural archives of the Virgin Is-
(6) member of the first Board of lands.
Directors of the Association of Car- Section 2. That the building
ibbean Universities and Research known as the Bureau of Libraries,
Institutions and libraries, 1969-70; Museums and Archives, located on
and Dronningens Gade, Charlotte
WHEREAS Miss Baa has, Amalie, St. Thomas, is hereby re-
thEoghet hb lie, e named the Enid M. Baa Library and
throughout her life, exhibited a Archives" in honor of the accom-
e natural grace and charm in her re-Ahe ti



at the end of 19731974 fiscal yearpli Section 4. There is appropriatedss
latioships with otherpeopler which es t the meant o oservation
has earned here the lastingepec End t u ral Afairs from any avai
and friendship of countless indi- Section 3. A suitable sign or
iduas throughout the world; and plaque bearing the inscription "Enid
WHEREAS iss Baaannounced M. Baa Libary and Archives shall










ognio be aoredT toMiss Baa^^ t pro
her retirement fo thepotition f be pefranen tley afied t the en-
Director of Libraries and Museums trance to said building.
at the end of 1973-1974 fiscal year, Section Thee is appropriated
after moore than foety (40) years of to the Department of Conservation
dedicated service to the Covern- andCultural Affairs from any avail-
meot and people of the Virgin Is- able funds in the Treasury of the
lands; and Vigin Islands for fiscal Year suly ,i
WHEiR S it iste w ;t 1974, to June 30, 1975, the sum of
EiEtASee i thet wie ob h three hundred ($300) dollars to be
Legislature that some tangible rec- Utilized in carrying out the provi-
ognition be afforded to Miss Bea sions of Section 3 of this Act.
for the selfless dedication and rare fSe f th
talent she has displayed, and for Section S. A suitably prepared
the good works she has produced, copy of this Act shall be presented
throughout the years in her chosen to Miss Enid M. Baa by the presi-
profession; dent of the Legislature or his desig-
NOW THEREFORE, Be it enacted nee at an appropriate ceremony to
by the legislature ofthe Virgin Islands: be held at the time of dedication of
byteLegileteeefteiegitltdt the 'Enid M. Baa Library and Ar-
Section 1. That Miss Enid M. chives."
Baa is hereby cited, honored and Approved January24,1975.
warmly congratulated upon the
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9 M (einaF OM to (Ar aC It's hard to write this one. And all occurms in Cod's good time;
You were so many things to us Too bad for everything
Devoted sister, beloved aunt, There's not a clever rhyme.
Brilliant scholar, What can we say.
One of a kind, Except, Farewel
Who always had another We'll meet again, someday."
Book to find, Your spirit lives in anyone
Another task Who takes the books
To occupy your mind. And through them looks
But now, so soon, your course is Beyond the trees
run. And past the sun
And though the books are filled Tfi the th
With words And till we see your face
To voice our pains In God's domain of grace
The page remains We'll know your body has not
A blank bound
The pen won't run Nor has contained
The pen won't run
Though filled with ink The joy of wisdom found
The mouth can't speak. The bliss of knowledge gained.
The brain can't think It's hard to write this one.
It's hard to write this one. But since we are assured the night
So much we left unsaid, Will end and we shall reunite
So much you left undone. On some eternal day,
Thatafternoon Farewells no longer quite as hard
Was far toosoon to say.
For you to go
But, there's a time for everything Grandnephew Durhn Taylor
far thefi y




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