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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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Heave to
book and lyrics by Tom Groves ; music by Werner Janssen., piano, voice, Caricatures of sailors dancing and of choir members singing from a book. Banner image of a ship sailing on a sea with the sun on the horizon., Title from cover., For voice and piano., At head of caption title: The Dartmouth Dramatic Association presents an operetta entitled., Staff notation.
"Lieb Vaterland"
Title from caption on page 3., Zeichnungen von L.C. Chaponot ; Gravierungen von California Photo Eng. Co. ; Vollbild von D. Blakiston., piano, voice, A collection of texts and music., In German., Staff notation.
Chase the Kaiser!
words and music by Porter Emerson Browne., piano, voice, Title from caption., For voice and piano., Caption illustration: Group of children holding bonds chasing the Kaiser., Save ev'ry penny until you have many and buy a Liberty Bond., "C. Thomas, music designer.", Staff notation.