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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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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.