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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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Do your bit
by Gordon V. Thompson., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Arranged by Jules Brazil., Photograph with caption: "Sir Sam Hughes leaving flag ship" / H.D.W., Millions now are needed of munitions men and gold., Come do your bit for the cause that is right!, Staff notation.
Boy in blue
words by Gordon V. Thompson ; music by Lewis Owen., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Woman wearing a hat and suit standing on a dock waving her white handkerchief towards a battleship sails away. A biplane flies over head., A happy pair they stroll along the shore., The moonbeams fall in silence on the sea., Staff notation.