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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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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.
The dove of peace
by Otto Motzan., piano, Title from cover., Waltz for piano., Woman wearing a white toga style dress releases a dove. She stands on a marble staircase overlooking a lawn with a fountain with a forest beyond. The sun is rising over the entire scene., Staff notation.
words and music by Florence M. Benjamin ; arranged by Jules Brazil., piano, voice, Title from cover., Waltz for voice and piano., French flag with a fleur-de-lis on each side of it., France, France, France, land of the fleur de lis., France, dear old France., Staff notation.
Hoover Hooverize
by Mrs. Melrose Scales., piano, voice, Title from cover., Waltz for voice and piano., "Approved by United States Food Administration.", "Dedicated by permission to Hon Herbert C. Hoover.", Shield with the American stars and stripes and a bald eagle resting on the banner with the title of the song., The boys of our country have gone to fight for you and me., We'll Hoover Hooverize., Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., Staff notation.
Angel of Mons valse
by Paul Paree., piano, Title from cover., Waltz for piano., Warrior angel on a white horse holding up a sword rides over a battlefield., Staff notation.
Antonio, my boy
Italian waltz song by Joseph B. Carey., piano, voice, Title from cover., Waltz for voice and piano., Inset photograph of Elise Schuyler with a view of Venice behind her and a gondola / LE Morgan., Antonio, he go across the sea., When he go 'way, I cry for him., "Successfully featured by Elise Schuyler.", Staff notation.
Spirit of France waltz
by Claude Elam., piano, voice, Title from cover., Waltz for piano., Adapted from the World War I poster "All for One and One for All! Vive la France!" by James Montgomery Flagg., "Cover design by courtesy of the National Committee of Patriotic Societies.", NIU copy., Staff notation.
The bravest heart of all
lyric by Arthur J. Lamb ; music by F. Henri Clique., piano, voice, "Dedicated to Frederick E. Peterson of Chicago"--Page 3., British Red Cross nurse standing against the a stone wall before a firing squad. It is night and there is a full moon in the sky., Title from cover., Waltz for voice and piano., Like an angel she nursed many soldiers., 'Twas only the heart of a woman., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Canteen canter
a new dance by Oscar Duryea ; composed by Case White., piano, Title from cover., For piano., Description of dance given on p. [2]., Woman dancing a waltz with a U.S. soldier. Through a window behind them four couples are seen dancing a waltz., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Father will be with us soon
words by Major H.H. Skerrett, Jr. ; music by Ballard MacDonald and Nat. Osborne., piano, voice, From the musical Atta Boy., Title from caption., Waltz for voice and piano., Soldier standing at attention with two adoring daughters looking up at him, one on his left and one on his right / Barbelle., Johnny my boy, you're my pride and my joy., But father will be with us soon., The cover advertises the musical comedy, Atta Boy: words by Ballard MacDonald ; music by Nat Osborne. The sensational Army production played and produced by the soldier boys of Q.M.C. Camp Meigs. Col. D H Gienty, Commanding Officer, Q.M.C. U.S.A. Camp Meigs, Washington, D.C. Staged by Dan Doddy.", NIU copy., Staff notation.