Lee Schreiner Sheet Music Collection

Lee Schreiner donated a large portion of his sheet music collection--several thousand pieces--to Rare Books and Special Collections in 2014. Music in the collection covers much of the early 20th century, with coverage especially strong during World War I (1914-1918). Because most Americans either had access to pianos or watched performers at music halls, sheet music is an ideal medium for studying popular and visual culture. Pieces in the collection reflect popular opinion about the war, as well as the changing status of women and minorities. The first phase to digitize the Shreiner collection concluded in 2017 to coincide with the centennial of World War I, with future plans to digitize more of the collection later in the year.

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Heave to
book and lyrics by Tom Groves ; music by Werner Janssen., piano, voice, Caricatures of sailors dancing and of choir members singing from a book. Banner image of a ship sailing on a sea with the sun on the horizon., Title from cover., For voice and piano., At head of caption title: The Dartmouth Dramatic Association presents an operetta entitled., Staff notation.
We're on our way to meet you, General Pershing
by Geo. Merle., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., The Blue Star Mothers Service Flag., We're very glad, yes very glad., We're on our way, yes on our way., Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., Staff notation.
Meet me down on the levee
words and music by M.D. Staninger., piano, voice, Caption title., Foxtrot for voice and piano., Man in military attire is waving from the levee and calling out. Behind him is a city scape, a boat on the river and a man sitting on an overturned barrell fishing. Inset photo with caption: "Featured by Lieut Max Finks Syncopated Jazz artists.", Tenshun all you Legion men., Say to Al I'll meet him down on the levee., "The American Legion National Welcome Song"--Cover, "Song by Stan Staniger, Alvin Callander Post, American Legion"--Cover., Staff notation.
Battery A
Bert Lowe., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Battery of soldiers with a canon fighting on the front with biplanes flying overhead / V.C. Plunkett., Staff notation.
Humanity
by Grace L. Bradley., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to the C.R. Macauley Photo Plays, Inc."--Cover., Drawing of a nurse wearing a white dress and habit looking up / Barbelle., H-u-m-a-n-i-t-y is what we're fighting for., "H" is for the honor they deserve., Staff notation.
Hullo America
arranged by Herman Finck., piano, Cover title., For piano., "Composed and arranged by Herman Finck"--Page 2., Drawing of an American flag and inset photo of Miss Elsie Janis by Malcolm Arbuthnot., "Hullo, America! at the Palace Theatre, produced by Alfred Butt.", Staff notation.
Home is where the heart is
lyric and music by Manuel Klein., piano, voice, Caption title., For voice and piano., Banner with the stars and stripes against a background consisting of six flags with red, white and blue colors., A little bird once flew in at my window., Home is where the heart is., Staff notation.
Hurrah! Hurrah! for the U.S.A.
by Geo. B. Mann., piano, voice, Title from cover., March song for voice and piano., Uncle Sam is looking up at the Statue of Liberty. He is surrounded by the portraits of four presidents: Grant, Wilson, Washington and Lincoln., When Yankee Doodle came to town a riding on his pony., Hurrah! Hurrah for the U.S.A., Staff notation.
Home sweet home for you we're fighting
words by Captain Joe Lawson ; music by Gordon V. Thompson., piano, voice, "Captain Joe Lawson's great recruiting song"--Cover., Title from cover., March for voice and piano., "The Canadian Marching Song"--Cover., Photograph of Joe Lawson holding British flag. Photograph of Lieut. John Slatter, band master., In the battle trench we stand far away from our dear land., Home, Sweet Home! for you we're fighting! Cheer up! lads., Staff notation.
Have you forgotten
by Larry Stengle, Fred Carson and Chas. Corrigan., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Photo of a young woman wearing a sleeveless summer dress and hat sitting by the window of a gazebo or tree house looking up in thought. Signed by a New York photographer / Mandy., The boys have all returned again., Have you forgotten that the boys come home., "Buy a copy and keep the ex-service men employed"--Cover., Staff notation.
Hands off the U.S.A
words and music by F. A. C. de Correvont., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to Lieut. J. B. Webster, 5th U.S. Engineers"--Cover., Our great fathers it is true., For the men of the U.S.A., Staff notation.
Hats off to Miss Liberty
poem by L. W. French ; music by R. A. Browne., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to Constitution Day"--Cover., Silhouette of a crowd raising their hats and cheering the Statue of Liberty which rises up above them against the rays of a blazing sun., Hands are stretched out across the sea to Samuel and Miss Liberty., Hats off to Miss Liberty!, Staff notation.
Happy Sammies
by Leo Delval., piano, Title from cover., For piano., Photograph of the Jazarimba Orchestra against a background of a drawing of soldiers, in silhouette, waving hats and hands / Starmer., "Columbia record A-2482"--Cover., Staff notation.
He fought that all the world be free
words by John Robertson ; music by Ian Donnachaidh., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Rural village scene with a church tower, cottage, canon and ruined buildings., On Flander's field, my soldier boy., He went to war that all the world be free., Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., Staff notation.
Hail to America
instrumental and vocal by Fred K. Huffer., piano, voice, Title from cover., NIU Copy: Original imprint covered by label: on label, Educational Music Bureau, School Music of all Publishers, Steinway Hall Bldg., Chicago., March for voice and piano., Staff notation., America, we greet you with a glad smile., Hail to America! 'Tis the cradle of Liberty.
Hail to the gorget
by Lloyd Elliott Appleton., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Within an art deco blue and white frame, a black and white photograph of Capt. Francis Hawks Appleton, who is wearing a gorget., "Respectfully dedicated to Capt. Francis Hawks Appleton, Commander of Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. of Massachusetts"--Cover., NIU copy: Inscribed by the composer., Staff notation.
Hello boys!
lyric by Agnes Boyle Garvin ; music by Marion D. King., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Foot soldier holding up a large American flag greets a sailor who raises his hand to him. Between them is a warship in New York Harbor with the Statue of Liberty., All Europe was embroiled., Hello Boys!, Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., Staff notation.
Hello America, hello
words and music by Geo. Fairman., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Statue of Liberty with the Manhattan skyline in the background with the moon in the sky / Barbelle., At a wireless telephone., Hello America, hello., Staff notation.
Heroes of liberty
words by Norrie Bernard ; music by Edw. I. Pfeiffer., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Photograph of the 27th Division passing through the Arch of Victory, Madison Square, New York City / by Underwood & Underwood., In the days of used to be, wars have made our history., Our heroes of liberty have fought so our rights shall be., "A song suggested by the photo play of the same name"--Cover., Staff notation.
Hearts across the sea
by C. L. Woolsey., piano, Title from cover., For piano., "Respectfully dedicated to the 40th Division U.S. Army, Camp Kearny, Cal."--Cover., Two cherubs sit on opposite banks of the mouth of a river flowing into the ocean. They have their heads in their hands. The sun is setting casting a glow over the water., Staff notation.