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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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Hullo America
arranged by Herman Finck., piano, Cover title., For piano., "Composed and arranged by Herman Finck"--Page 2., Drawing of an American flag and inset photo of Miss Elsie Janis by Malcolm Arbuthnot., "Hullo, America! at the Palace Theatre, produced by Alfred Butt.", Staff notation.
Give me a kiss by the numbers
by Lieut. Joseph F. Trounstine, U.S.R., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Three drawings of soldiers kissing a woman, one on the lips, one on the cheek, one on the hand / [rose symbol]., Illustrator's name represented by rose symbol on cover., Johnny joined the army to uphold democracy., Give me a kiss by the numbers., Also published for: band, orchestra, male quartette., NIU copy 1: Stamp on cover: "New music sample copy.", Staff notation.
Have a little regiment of your own
words and music by Percival Knight., piano, voice, From The better 'ole by Herman Darewski. Internet broadway database describes the work as a comedy with music., Title from caption., For voice and piano., Some say a tinker or a tailor makes a very good husband but you you can't tell till you've tried 'em., If you are a good little girl and marry a soldier you must live a military life., Photograph of Charles Coburn and his wife (Ivah Wills) from the play The better 'ole. On each side of the photograph is a drawing of a soldier. The one on the right is sitting with a picture of his girlfriend in his hand, smiling and smoking a cigarette. The soldier on the left is standing in a mud puddle in water up to his ankles in a rain storm., Staff notation.
Are you half the man your mother thought you'd be?
words by Leo Wood ; music by Harry De Costa., piano, voice, Cover title., For voice and piano., At head of title: The song you've been reading about., Inset circle with an illustration of a mother reading to her small son against a sea of portraits of men. These include George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt., Have you ever stopped to think of how you sat at mother's knee., Have you kept your promise to her., Staff notation.
At the Yankee military ball
by Howard Johnson and Harry Jentes., piano, voice, Last night, some sight I saw down the bay., There were swell Marines in fighting jeans., Title from cover., For voice and piano., Five couples dancing, men representing different branches of the military and women wearing hats with red crosses on them. Behind them is an inset drawing of a warship out a window. At the bottom of the page is an inset photo of Artie Mellinger., Staff notation.