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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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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.
How we love you dear Old Glory
by Glenn C. Leap., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Betsy Ross sitting on a stone bench holding up a U.S. flag. A small potted ornamental tree sits on the bench beside her / by ABC (in circle)., Some years ago, yes many years ago, Miss Betsy Ross was plying her thread., How we love you dear Old Glory, how we love you flag of ours., Staff notation.
For you and the grand old flag
words by Chas. Coleman ; music by T. Jay Flanagan., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., "The tremendous patriotic song hit.", Soldier embracing a young woman. Both are encircled by a large American flag / Jenkins., Hark hear the bugle is calling, calling for me to go., For you and the grand old flag., Staff notation.
America prepare
lyric by Elizabeth Herbert Childs ; music by Ribé Danmark., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Camped along the shore a soldier blows his bugle. Off shore are two ships and one airplane flying over head. The number "5" appears in the lower center cover. The initials LPN in lower right cover., You've seen our soldiers drill on their parade grounds., Let ev'-ry man know how to fight in battle., Publisher's advertisement on back cover: "Welcome honey to your old plantation home" with facsimile of sheet cover and excerpt of music., Staff notation.
Hurrah for the heroes of the sea
words and music Violet E. Lunkley., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Arranged by Gallur., "Dedicated to the Navy boys.", Photo of a Navy warship. Below is a photo of the composer between two crossed American flags. Stars are sprinkled around the photos. Printed in red, white and blue., Out upon the ocean blue., Then hurrah for the brave sailor lads., Staff notation.
America, I love you
words by Edgar Leslie ; music by Archie Gottler., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Large oval photo of Fannie Watson surrounded by images reflecting America's history including the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, pilgrims, Indian chiefs, a wagon train, and a settler farming his land with an ox drawn plow / AL. Barbelle., First line verse: Amid fields of clover, 'twas just a little over a hundred years ago., America, I love you, you're like a sweetheart of mine., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Can't you hear old Uncle Sammy calling?
words and music by Chas. Feist, Jr., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Uncle Sam in an oval frame. On either side of the frame, a soldier and sailor are blowing their bugles. The illustration is printed in red, white and blue colors., First line of text: Now that this nation's imperiled., Can't you hear old Uncle Sammy calling., Publisher's advertisement on p.[4]: "Adelaide waltzes.", NIU copy., Staff notation.
And then she'd knit, knit, knit
lyric by Ed. Moran ; music by Harry Von Tilzer., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Photograph of a young woman within a border, seated in a whicker arm hair knitting; a basket of yarn and dog is near her feet, while trees (colored with red leaves) surround her; threads drawn from the knitting activity lead to the outside of the border where, in the lower left corner, several men hold on to the string and gaze at her admiringly / E.H. Pfeiffer. Thumbnail photograph of Harry Von Tilzer on cover near center at bottom., Pretty little Kitty's got the patriotic craze knitting scarfs for soldiers day and night, He'd take a hug then he'd hug her some more while she'd knit knit knit knit knit, NIU copy., Staff notation.