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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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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.
Good-bye France
by Sergeant Irving Berlin., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., French soldier and an American soldier shaking hands. Behind them is the Statue of Liberty. The sun and it's rays shine behind its torch forming the background. Shields with attributes of France and the United States frame the picture / Barbelle., I can picture the boys "over there.", Good-bye France., Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., Staff notation.
When I hear a gun I'm going to run back home to Tennesee
lyrics by Carter De Haven ; music by Carter De Haven and Dave Stamper., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Blackface entertainer running from a cannon being fired by a soldier behind him., Talk about the war., For when I hear a gun I'm going to run back home to Tennessee., Staff notation.
The call of a nation
composed by Fred E. Ahlert and Pete Wendling., piano, Title from cover., For piano., Columbia blowing a long necked trumpet standing on a globe with a regiment of soldiers rushing forward into battle in the background. Photo of the Saxo-Sextette set into the illustration / Al Barbelle., Staff notation.