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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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Home is where the heart is
lyric and music by Manuel Klein., piano, voice, Caption title., For voice and piano., Banner with the stars and stripes against a background consisting of six flags with red, white and blue colors., A little bird once flew in at my window., Home is where the heart is., Staff notation.
Across the Rio Grande
words by Dave Reed and George Graff, Jr. ; music by Ernest R. Ball., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Commanding officer on horseback raises his sword to lead his troops into battle. Behind him another soldier on horseback carries a large American Flag. Inset photo of Ernest R. Ball of Lambert & Ball with caption: "Sung with great success by.", Our Uncle Sam is mild., It's just the same old story., Staff notation.
Hullo, home!
the lyrics and music by B. C. Hilliam., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Caricatures of two soldiers and a nurse., There's a stir in the air, there's a babel of rejoicing in the hearts of us all., Hullo, Home! We're getting nearer to you., "The Selwyns present the merry music play Buddies, the play by Geo. V. Hobart, the lyrics & music by B. C. Hilliam"--Cover., Advertisements "Vocal gems from Buddies" on p. [6]., Staff notation.
Good-bye, good luck, God bless you
words by J. Keirn Brennan ; music by Ernest R. Ball., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Young man and woman saying goodbye on the doorstep of a house. The man is dressed in a short jacket and breeches. The woman is wearing a long dress and holds a basket with flowers that she is picking from a tall flowering bush., It's hard to part when heart to heart., Good-bye, good luck, God bless you., Staff notation.
Good-bye my girl
words by Paul McAllister; music by Margaret McKinney., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., "Dedicated to the 305th Infantry"--Page 2., Photograph Corinne Griffith and Webster Campbell, Vitagraph stars, in farewell pose., Our country's call has rung out to all, Goodbye my girl we are marching off to war., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Do we remember Dewey at Manila?
words by Mort Green ; music by Harry DeCosta., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., drawing of a ship at sea / K., Our soldiers on the firing line., Do we remember Dewey at Manila?, NIU copy., Staff notation.