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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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For you and the grand old flag
words by Chas. Coleman ; music by T. Jay Flanagan., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., "The tremendous patriotic song hit.", Soldier embracing a young woman. Both are encircled by a large American flag / Jenkins., Hark hear the bugle is calling, calling for me to go., For you and the grand old flag., Staff notation.
Farewell Mother
lyric by Ray Gibbons ; music by Thos. J. Flanagan., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Soldier saying goodby to his mother at the picket fence gate; a ghostly image of another soldier taps the first on the soldier. A red flag with two blue stars on a white field flies at the corner of the house / Starmer., Mother dear, I must be leaving., Farewell, Mother, I hate to say good-bye to you., NIU copy., Staff notation.