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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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Be careful Mary
words by Dick Howard ; music by Lewis F. Muir., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Irish woman looking out the window of her house at her boyfriend who is marching in a parade of soldiers going off to war. Inset photograph of Elizabeth M. Murray., See the Irish soldiers march in line., Be careful Mary, my Irish fairy., Staff notation.
My Alsace Lorraine
words by L. Wolfe Gilbert ; music by Lewis F. Muir., piano, voice, Title from caption., For voice and piano., Two Flags crossed, one of France (Mother's Land) and Third Reich (Father's Land) with a young man looking at the two and scratching his head. Bust of young woman above the two flags labeled "Alsace Lorraine" / De Takacs., Publisher's advertisements include portions of: I had a gal, I had a pal (He stole my gal away) / Lewis F. Muir and L. Wolfe Gilbert. Heavy on the catsup : rag / by Lewis F. Muir. Camp meeting band / Lewis F. Muir and L. Wolfe Gilbert., There's a big bound'ry line in my heart., Alsace Lorraine on to Paris or Berlin., Staff notation.