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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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Baby boy and me
words by Charles F. Whaley ; music by Ned Abbott., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., The Blue Star Service Flag. The star contains a mother holding a son with a photograph of her soldier husband on the wall behind her., We've said goodbye to Daddy., So I know that he'll return again to baby boy and me., Staff notation., "A song you'll love to sing"--Cover.
Hello! Gen'ral Pershing
by Lew Porter., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Portrait drawing of General Pershing / de Takacs., Shades of night are falling., Hello! Gen'ral Pershing., Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., Staff notation.
Good-bye girlie
words and music by Gerald Fitzgerald., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Photo of Miss Ora Carew standing in front of a young soldier resting her left hand on his shoulder and holding a large hat in her right. She is dressed in a skirt and blouse with ruffles. Photo has caption: "Especially posed by Miss Ora Carew.", Sweetheart why are you softly sighing?, Girlie, I must leave you for far away., Staff notation.
Good-bye my soldier boy, good-bye
words by Adam S. Moore; music by Robert Marlowe Jandus., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Soldier standing at attention with his rifle over his shoulder. Behind him a regiment of soldiers is marching off to war. Inset photo of unidentified young woman wearing a wide brimmed hat covered with feathers., Tramp, tramp, tramp the boys come marching., Goodbye, my soldier boy, goodbye., Staff notation.