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Eunice Baccich
Newcomb College Newcomb Enterprise
(New Orleans, 1895 - 1981, New Orleans)

Eunice Baccich was born in New Orleans in 1895 to Croatian parents. Her early education was at a convent school in the Vieux Carrè. She enrolled as a freshman at Newcomb College in 1913. Baccich graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1918, and was awarded a Bachelor of Design the following year. Between 1919 and 1921, she is listed as a Graduate Art student, joining the ranks of Art Craftsman from 1921–1929. Baccich specialized in bookbinding, of which she believed was meant to “to preserve the book,” and to “create an artistic work” by designing the cover and end papers in an original way, which would be “in harmony with the contents of the book.” Appointed Assistant in Bookbinding in 1931, Baccich replaced the former professor, Lota Lee Troy, when Troy assumed the directorship of the Newcomb Art School. Baccich’s name also appears in the Tulane bulletin as a jewelry instructor, and she is listed in the 1930 census as a “bookbinding craftsman.” Baccich retired from the Newcomb Art School in the spring of 1943 and went to work for the U.S. government as an occupational therapist during WWII. After the war she worked at the New Orleans Public Library. Baccich died in New Orleans on May 28, 1981.

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