American Folk Art Museum Archives

We Are All Here, A Family Song Edit


Finding Aid Author
Emily Christensen
Finding Aid Date
June 2015
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  • 1884-04-25 (Creation)


  • 1.375 linear feet (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    We Are All Here, A Family Song is an illustrated song book in the fraktur tradition by F.T. Mygatt, donated by Philip M. Isaacson.

  • Biographical Note

    Frederick Thomas Mygatt (1811-1853) was the artist of the song book, which is considered to be part of the New England fraktur tradition. Philip M. Isaacson donated the song book in 1980 upon its inclusion in an exhibition that he curated titled Records of Passage (Feb. 12-May 10, 1981). The acquisition was noted in the Fall 1981 issue of The Clarion, and the exhibition essay and checklist were published in the Winter 1981 issue. A lawyer in Lewiston, Maine, Isaacson also had an arts column in the Portland Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram for nearly fifty years, beginning in 1964.

  • Scope and Contents

    We Are All Here, A Family Song is a single item collection. The song book was arranged as a souvenir for a family gathering on April 25, 1844, and affectionately dedicated to Anna and Isabella, the artist's daughters. The object consists of pen and ink on three sheets of woven paper bound in paper. The object appraisal and acquisition documents are also included.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Isaacson, 1980

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research. Access to sensitive materials may be restricted at the discretion of the American Folk Art Museum.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    We Are All Here, A Family Song is owned by the American Folk Art Museum. The object is subject to all copyright laws, and is dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship.

  • Preferred Citation

    We Are All Here, A Family Song, [page number], American Folk Art Museum Archives, New York