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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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Go over the top with Reilly
words by Thomas P. Hoier and Jos. M. Leahan ; music by Al. W. Brown., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Inset photo of Patricola. Photo is set in a background with drawings of soldiers chasing enemy soldiers who are running away in fear, soldiers wearing gas masks taking a soldier in a trench as a prisoner and a quartet of soldiers singing / Starmer., Who's the greatest Irishman that's in the rank and file., Go over the top with Reilly for Reilly knows the way., Staff notation.
Cheer up the sun will soon be shining
By Andrew B. Sterling, Bernie Grossman and Arthur Lange., Piano., Voice., Title from cover., For voice and piano., Photograph of Bob Hall with an illustration of a smiling young woman from the shoulders up surrounded by liles with the sun behind her., Ev'ry little girl that's lonely., Cheer up, the sun will soon be shining., Staff notation.
We'll keep things going 'till the boys come home
words by Andrew B. Sterling ; music by Alfred Solman., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Woman addressing a huge crowd of women that fills up the entire street of a large city. Inset photo of two young dancers, male and female with caption: "The Two Smalls" / Starmer., Listen girls, it's up to us We've got a lot to do., We'll keep things going till the boys come home., NIU copy., Staff notation.
The bravest little soldier of them all
words & music by Eddie Klein., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Mourning woman dressed in a black gown stands in the middle of a battle field with the fallen around her. Her arms and hands are turned up and her fingers point down towards the scene. A halo surrounds her head encircled by two strands of interlocking thorns which are set against a blazing sunburst that colors the sky. Her posture and demeanor seem Christlike. Inset photo with caption "Successfully introduced by Murphy & Klein.", Far away there are bugles calling., A soldier must have a lot of courage., NIU copy., Staff notation.