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A Performance Edition of Selected Dances from the Eleanor Hague Manuscript of Music from Colonial Mexico

Identifier: MS-1266


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Biogrpahical note

Eleanor Hague, 1875-1954

Eleanor Hague was born to James D. and Mary Ward Foote Hague in San Francisco on November 7, 1875. Her father was a prominent geologist and mining engineer, and Hague was exposed to travel from a young age, growing up in New York and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Hague returned to California around 1920, settling in Pasadena. Hague traveled extensively throughout her life, pursuing her interests in musicology and collecting folk songs and traditional music wherever she traveled. She is best known for her work on the folk music of Latin America, and her first publication was in the Journal of American Folklore in 1911, an article entitled “Spanish-American Folk Songs,” which was later expanded into a memoir of the same title.

In addition to researching music, Hague was also a musician and teacher. She founded the Jarabe Club in Pasadena in 1930 to encourage the revival and preservation of Latin American songs and dances, which she taught to children of Mexican descent in Pasadena. The Jarabe Club was invited to represent the state of California at the National Field Dance Festival in Washington, D.C. in 1941, and during their visit also performed at the Mexican Embassy.

Hague was a long-time member and benefactor of the Southwest Museum; she was elected a Life Member in 1936 and a Trustee in 1942. In addition to providing encouragement and financial support for fieldwork and the acquisition of material objects, perhaps the most significant contribution Hague made to the Museum was her donation of an 18th century manuscript of colonial Mexican music, including salon dance music and European court music. Hague also transcribed selections from the folks songs recorded by Charles F. Lummis, and these transcriptions were published under the title “Some California Songs” in The Masterkey.


“Civic League Honors 5 Women for Community Service.” Pasadena Star-News, May 3, 1948.

Hodge, Frederick Webb. “Eleanor Hague, 1875-1954.” Masterkey 39 (January/February 1955): 4-7.

Waldo, Elizabeth. “Eleanor Hague (1875-1954).” Western Folklore 14 (October 1955): 279-280.


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