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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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Goodbye, Jennie dear
words by Dick Howard ; music by Harry Jentes., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Young woman dressed in two piece dress with large hat decorated with bows and roses sitting on a tree swing in a garden. Her elbow rests on her lap and her hand is on her chin. Her young soldier boyfriend rests his knee on the swing behind her and bends over to talk to her / Scott and Van Altena., Softly the moonlight is shining., Oh, Jennie dear tonight we're parting., Staff notation.
Prepare the eagle to protect the dove
words by Harry T. Bunce ; music by Will Donaldson., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., "Dedicated with pride to the little patriot--Marjorie Sterrett"--Page 2., Eagle and a dove overlooking the ocean, with inset photograph of George Wilton Ballard. A long shield with the stars and stripes stands behind the eagle., America, America, you are the queen of earth., Prepare the eagle to protect the dove, is the battle cry of peace., "Sung by George Wilton Ballard, phonograph artist"--Cover., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Cheer up Tommy Atkins
lyric by Will J. Hart ; music by Edw. G. Nelson., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Two smiling soldiers in the foreground with a regiment of soldiers marching in the background. The soldiers in the background are not smiling and happy / E.E. Walton., Somewhere afloat, aboard a boat, there is a Yankee bunch., Cheer up, Tommy Atkins., NIU copy., Staff notation.