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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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Allies' chorus
words and music by Jack Bullough., piano, voice, Composer is pianist, Winnipeg Theatre Orchestra., Title from cover., For voice and piano., Also includes C-A-N-A-D-I-A-N-S / by Jack Bullough., List to the nation's call., Boys of the allies we., Inset photo of composer with series of small photos depicting costumes of allied countries. Printed in purple ink / photo C.B.W. Winnipeg., "Sung by Mrs. R.H. Graham under the auspices of the Girls' Auxiliary R.S.A.", Staff notation.
By order of the King
by Albert E. MacNutt and M.F. Kelly, authors of "We'll never let the old flag fall.", piano, voice, At head of title: sung with great success by Donald C. MacGregor, Hartwell DeMille, H. Ruthven McDonald, Howard Russell and other leading vocalists., Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Printed in red, white and blue, picture of King George V., The Empire's pride, stand side by side, upon the battlefield., By order of the King, (God bless him)., NIU copy., Staff notation.
The best old flag on earth
words and music by Charles F. Harrison., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., British flag forms the cover., Though England's foes may assail her, though the war clouds hang around., Then give three cheers, three British cheers for the old red, white and blue., "Dedicated to the Canadian overseas contingents.", NIU copy., Staff notation.