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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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The greatest lad we've ever had
words by Gordon Johnstone; music by Geoffrey O'Hara., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Photograph of Edward, Prince of Wales., When you're looking for a man to lead the Empire to her goal., For the greatest lad we've ever had is a lad we're glad to see., Staff notation.
The boys in brown
words by Fred H. Finch ; music by Geoffrey de V. O'Hara., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Two Canadation soldiers dressed in Khaki uniforms standing at ease with their rifles. Behind them is a desert landscape with a fort and palm trees. Between the two soldiers is an inset photo of Constance Le Neve Gilman?, There's a boy with his mother watching the soldiers marching by., They were heroes that wore the blue., NIU copy., Staff notation.