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Michel Huglo and Barbara Haggh-Huglo collection

 Collection 0376-SCPA

Barbara Haggh-Huglo (b. 1955) and her late husband, Michel Huglo, (1921–2012) specialize in the music of the medieval and Renaissance periods. Barbara Haggh-Huglo and Michel Huglo were both prominent figures in the International Musicological Society (IMS) as well as the American Musicological Society (AMS) and their study group focusing on liturgical plainchant, “Cantus Planus.” Combined, both scholars’ international travel, research, and teaching formed a vast network of colleagues, friends, and pupils that are represented in this collection through conference dossiers, paper drafts, correspondence, audio-autobiographical material, and personal items.


  • ca. 1250–2015
  • Majority of material found within 1985–2012

Conditions Governing Access

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact SCPA's curator to make an appointment: Email:, Tel: 301.405.9220.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restricted files in this collection.


16.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents of Collection

The Michel Huglo and Barbara Haggh-Huglo collection covers the period from 1901–2015; the bulk of the materials date from 1985–2012. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including published and unpublished writings, correspondence, addresses, programs, conference dossiers, photographs, audio-biographical material, clippings, articles, and liturgical books. The collection holds items related to Barbara Haggh-Huglo and Michel Huglo’s independent and cooperative research, travel, and instruction in the international musicological world. The most prominent organizations represented within the collection are the International Musicological Society (IMS), the IMS study group “Cantus Planus,” and the American Musicological Society (AMS). The collection’s subject matter focuses mainly on the study of medieval plainchant, medieval and Renaissance society, and related conference presentations and publications.

Historical Note

Barbara Haggh-Huglo was born in Nebraska to German immigrants. Her father, Dr. Raymond Haggh was a distinguished music educator and served as Director of the School of Music at the University of Nebraska from 1977–83. Because of her parents’ background, Barbara Haggh-Huglo was raised with a strong affinity for languages, learning German in the household and studying French at school. She then went on to receive her B. A. in German from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and, from the University of Illinois at Urbana, her B. A. in Music, M. M. in Musicology, and Ph.D. in Musicology. Haggh-Huglo has conducted research at many major libraries across the globe, and particularly those of Europe and North America. Haggh-Huglo’s involvement with musicological societies is equally extensive; along with attending and presenting at numerous international conferences, she served as Vice-President, Program Chair, and Directorium of the International Musicological Society, and Chair of their study group “Cantus Planus.” Haggh-Huglo has over 100 publications throughout an international range of scholarly journals, and is also currently serving on the editorial boards of two book series, four periodicals, and three online musicological projects. As a faculty member of the University of Maryland’s Musicology department, Haggh-Huglo has instructed seminars focusing on early music notation, music in the medieval and Renaissance city, composers of the medieval and Renaissance, and the various musical settings of the Mass spanning 600 years.

Michel Huglo was born in France, attended the Jesuit College de la Providence in Amiens, France, and eventually entered the Benedictine Abbey of Solesmes in 1940. While part of the abbey, Huglo studied theology and philosophy. In 1969, he received his Ph.D. from Paris IV Sorbonne and his doctorat d’Etat from Paris X Nanterre in 1981, and in 1991, Huglo was presented with an Honorary Dr. of Letters by the University of Chicago. As well as holding several positions in the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) of France, Huglo founded the musicology section at the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (IRHT) of Paris. On top of his publications of over 200 articles and three books, Huglo was selected as a Corresponding Member of the American Musicological Society, Honorary Member of the International Musicological Society, and Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. Michel Huglo died in 2012 at age 90.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into six series:

  1. Conferences
  2. Biographical: Barbara Haggh-Huglo
  3. Liturgical Books
  4. Biographical: Michel Huglo
  5. Correspondence
  6. Manuscript Fragments

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Dr. Barbara Haggh-Huglo, received in numerous shipments beginning in April 2016.

Michel Huglo and Barbara Haggh-Huglo collection
Evangeline Athanasiou
June–August 2017
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Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States