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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 Schreiner 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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American Guard march
by Geo. D. Meares, piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Lady Liberty holding a large American flag with soldiers on her left and right blowing bugles., Staff notation.
Here comes the band
by Ben M. Jerome., piano, Title from cover., Arranged for piano., "Band, orchestra, mandolin, guitar, banjo.", "Respectfully dedicated to my friend Frank I. Bernard"--Page [2]., Crowd of people watching a marching band go by composed of ladies, a gentleman, and a police officer. Three amateur musicians stage their own parade off to the side. One holds a homemade drum majors baton and the other two play a flute and a recorder. The drum major of the marching band has turned aside to watch them. Inset photo of Ben M. Jerome., Staff notation.
The boys in brown
words by Fred H. Finch ; music by Geoffrey de V. O'Hara., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Two Canadation soldiers dressed in Khaki uniforms standing at ease with their rifles. Behind them is a desert landscape with a fort and palm trees. Between the two soldiers is an inset photo of Constance Le Neve Gilman?, There's a boy with his mother watching the soldiers marching by., They were heroes that wore the blue., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Hail! to the stars and stripes
by Joseph M. Daly., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Shield of stars and stripes with a soldier on one side and a sailor on the other. Printed in red, white and blue / E.S. Fisher., Staff notation.
Dixie doodle girl
by W. C. Powell., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Columbia wearing a white dress, with her left arm extended, upon which is perched a bald eagle; she is holding an American flag on a staff with her right hand, and an oversized, partially unfurled American flag is in the background / Bertha Youngs., Staff notation.
From Ocean to Ocean
F. H. Losey., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Warships sailing on the ocean / Dittmar and Furman., Staff notation.
by J. Fučik., piano, Arranged by Tellier., Title from cover., March for piano., Drawing of General Count Luigi Cadorna, Commander-in-Chief of the Italian armies in the field., Staff notation.
Hello, Miss Liberty
words by Thomas J. Gray ; music by Fred Fischer., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Silhouette of the Statue of Liberty looking out towards New York Harbor as a ship approaches. Inset photo of Sue Smith / Gene Buck., When you leave your "Home sweet home.", Goodbye, old Ireland., Staff notation.
Defenders of the flag
composed by Sydney P. Harris., piano, Title from cover., For piano., An older soldier holding a rifle against his shoulder and a young sailor. An American flag between them with an eagle on the flag pole / Starmer., Staff notation.
Canadian anthem
words by J.W. Robertson, Bard O' Glen-Eerie ; music by J.L. Galbraith., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Maple leaf vine frames the cover that has a beaver and two flags crossed. Printed in green., Canada beloved by Heaven., Oh! Canada., Staff notation.
A sailor of the USA
by the writers of My dream of the U.S.A. Leonard Chick, Chas H. Roth., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Illustration of a battle at sea with the caption "Battle of the Serapis and the Bon Homme Richard" / W.C. Money[?], On the shore at Hampton roads., I want to be a sailor just like John Paul Jones., Staff notation.
Betsy Ross
words by Bartley Costello ; music by J. Fred. Helf., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano; arrangement for male quartette arranged by Theo. Westman p. 5., Young woman in a white dress holding onto a flag pole flying an American flag / De Takacs., Betsy Ross the flag is flying high., Betsy Ross don't be cross., Advertising includes musical incipits for "My love is greater than the world" by J. Fred Helf., Staff notation.
How I long for the USA
words by Wm. Heusinger ; music by Chas. Sliger., piano, voice, Title from cover., Arranged by Wm. F. Mayer., March for voice and piano., Soldier standing at attention with rifle., Gay is the night stars are falling oh the moon shines so brightly too., Dry your tears calm your fears Molly Darling, see our boys clad in blue dont they look fine., Staff notation.
Boy Scouts march
by Ella V. Herman., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Boy Scout troop marching through a forest. Some carrying American flags and some playing snare drums. The others carry spears., Staff notation.
A soldier's love
words and music by Frank Krulish., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Respectfully dedicated to the soldiers of the American Army world war"--Cover., Photograph of Frank Krulish holding a violin and bow., As the shades of night were falling o'er a plain., My thoughts are always towards home turning it makes no difference where I am., "A true story taken from life, introducing his dream for home"--Cover., "Frank Krulish served with United States Naval Forces on the Army troopship, U.S.S. Martha Washington, U.S.N."--Cover., Staff notation.
Boys of the U.S.N
words by H.L. Jeffries ; music by A. Seismit-Doda., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., "Dedicated to the United States Navy by permission of the Secretary of the Navy.", Picture of a Navy warship on the sea with a cloud filled sky. Around the frame of the picture are drawings of sailors in circles., Men have fought through all the ages., Boys of the Navy., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Boy in blue
words by Gordon V. Thompson ; music by Lewis Owen., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Woman wearing a hat and suit standing on a dock waving her white handkerchief towards a battleship sails away. A biplane flies over head., A happy pair they stroll along the shore., The moonbeams fall in silence on the sea., Staff notation.
Boys and girls march
by Eugene Mack., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., "Dedicated to the children of America.", "Walton Process Chicago"--Page 3., Children marching with Uncle Sam., Staff notation.
Don't insult the stars and stripes
words by Philip Callahan ; music by Charles J.W. Jerreld., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., American flag., It was on a Sunday morning, When in Manila Bay., There were thoughts of home and beauty, And sweethearts far away., Staff notation.
Always ahead
by Carl Millegram., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Boy dressed in knickers holding a large American flag that blows in the wind behind him., 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.
Bright fiery cross
words by Alvia O. DeRee ; music by Rev. Geo Bennard., piano, voice, Title from caption., For vocal duet and piano., Printed in white and blue with large red cross. On each side of the cross near its base are four Ku Klux Klan members., Over all the U.S.A., the fiery cross we display., So I'll cherish the Bright Fiery Cross., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Good-bye boys
music by Harry Von Tilzer; words by Andrew B. Sterling & William Jerome., piano, voice, "Dedicated to Edwin A. Starn.", Title from cover., For voice and piano., Inset photo of Al Jolson in blackface makeup. Small inset photo of publisher Harry Von Tilzer. Printed in orange and green with flower designs / Gene Buck., Good-bye old pals I'm going far away., Goodbye boys., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Decoration day
by Hugo Hamlin and Andrew J. Dinegan., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Respectfully dedicated to the G.A.R."--Caption., An old soldier, wearing the medal and uniform of the Grand Army of the Republic and missing his right hand, casts his gaze downward as he rests his left hand on the shoulder of a young soldier who looks up at him and salutes him. An American flag is in the background., On Decoration Day every one seem'd gay., When I hear the bugle calling., Staff notation.
The best old flag that floats
words and music by Frank J. Kelley ; arranged by A.B. Cole., piano, voice, Title from cover., Marches for voice and piano., "March song"--caption., American eagle with a shining sun behind it perched in the middle of two crossed poles with American flags., There she waves on high unfurl'd to the sky., 'Tis the best old flag that floats., Staff notation.