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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 battle line of liberty
by Louis S. Florence., piano, Title from cover, Arranged for piano., Depicts a ground battle with soldiers and a nurse to the side of the fighting with a patient. Bi-planes fly overhead and Lady Liberty stands with an American flag that flies over the ground fighting., Staff notation.
The birth of a nation
music by Joseph M. Daly ; words by Thos. S. Allen., piano, voice, 'Twas in the year of seventy six at Independence Hall., 'Twas the birth of a nation called the U.S.A., Title from cover., For voice and piano., Lady Liberty, or Columbia, is suspended in the clouds holding up an American flag as a backdrop behind her. She has a headband inscribed "Liberty" / E.H. Pfeiffer, N.Y., Advertising includes no musical incipits.
Battle of the Marne
by J. Luxton., piano, Caption title., For piano., A scene picturing trench warfare with a biplane and an airship in the sky. Soldiers are rushing the trenches. The border of the cover is made up of a helmet and swords with various national flags / Al. Barbelle., Publisher's advertisement on verso of p. 5 has incipits of sixteen piano pieces: By the sea : reverie / Leander Fisher. Rose waltz : standard / W.C. Powell. Little soldier march : school march / W.C. Powell. Twilight shadows : reverie / Jerome Heller. Love's whispering : waltzes / L. Gould. Twinkling stars : three-step / Jerome Heller. Reflections : reverie / Jerome Heller. Beautiful tho'ts of love / Jerome Heller. Greyhound march / John Parker. Con amore : valse hesitation / W.C. Powell. Vision waltz : reverie-waltz / J. Holfman. Rippling waters : caprice / Wm. T. Pierson. Battle in the sky : march / J. Luxton. Valse Estelle / E. Goldston. Evening prayer : reverie / L. Gould. Twittering birds : reverie / John J. Fitzpatrick., Soldiers' prayer before the siege -- The sound of distant guns -- The call to arms -- Cavalry call -- Gunners rush to their posts -- Army corps approaching in the distance -- Gradually getting in line -- Infantry marching in perfect order -- Field guns -- Rain of shrapnel -- Machine guns -- Groans of the dying -- Battle rages with terrible fierceness., Includes a verse from the poem: A ballad of Sarsfield / by Aubrey Thomas De Vere., Staff notation.