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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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Dolly at the door
words by wife of Corp. W.H. Goodfellow, Jr. ; music by C.W. McDonald., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Mother and daughter sitting on the porch of their house. The soldier father is above them in a cloud writing a letter at a desk., My papa's gone away to fight the Huns they say., If you cannot come home my daddy dear can you find a scrap o' paper just to cheer your little Dolly., Staff notation.
Be prepared
by Belle Schrag., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to Pres. Wilson"--Cover., View from a battlement with canons out onto a harbor with battlesheeps. The scene is framed by American flag curtains., To arms! to arms! the call might come someday., Be prepared! be prepared! for peace war might be declared., Staff notation., Publisher's advertisement on verso of page 3 includes musical incipits from 4 pieces: Serenade / by Lota A. Feltus and John Northern Hillard. Kiss me good-bye (daisy do) / by Belle Schrag. That story of beautiful love / by Chas. L. Johnson and Harry Reynolds. Life is a beautiful dream / by Everett J. Evans and Harry Reynolds.