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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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Heave to
book and lyrics by Tom Groves ; music by Werner Janssen., piano, voice, Caricatures of sailors dancing and of choir members singing from a book. Banner image of a ship sailing on a sea with the sun on the horizon., Title from cover., For voice and piano., At head of caption title: The Dartmouth Dramatic Association presents an operetta entitled., Staff notation.
Meet me down on the levee
words and music by M.D. Staninger., piano, voice, Caption title., Foxtrot for voice and piano., Man in military attire is waving from the levee and calling out. Behind him is a city scape, a boat on the river and a man sitting on an overturned barrell fishing. Inset photo with caption: "Featured by Lieut Max Finks Syncopated Jazz artists.", Tenshun all you Legion men., Say to Al I'll meet him down on the levee., "The American Legion National Welcome Song"--Cover, "Song by Stan Staniger, Alvin Callander Post, American Legion"--Cover., Staff notation.
by Grace L. Bradley., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to the C.R. Macauley Photo Plays, Inc."--Cover., Drawing of a nurse wearing a white dress and habit looking up / Barbelle., H-u-m-a-n-i-t-y is what we're fighting for., "H" is for the honor they deserve., Staff notation.
Home is where the heart is
lyric and music by Manuel Klein., piano, voice, Caption title., For voice and piano., Banner with the stars and stripes against a background consisting of six flags with red, white and blue colors., A little bird once flew in at my window., Home is where the heart is., Staff notation.
Hurrah! Hurrah! for the U.S.A.
by Geo. B. Mann., piano, voice, Title from cover., March song for voice and piano., Uncle Sam is looking up at the Statue of Liberty. He is surrounded by the portraits of four presidents: Grant, Wilson, Washington and Lincoln., When Yankee Doodle came to town a riding on his pony., Hurrah! Hurrah for the U.S.A., Staff notation.
Home sweet home for you we're fighting
words by Captain Joe Lawson ; music by Gordon V. Thompson., piano, voice, "Captain Joe Lawson's great recruiting song"--Cover., Title from cover., March for voice and piano., "The Canadian Marching Song"--Cover., Photograph of Joe Lawson holding British flag. Photograph of Lieut. John Slatter, band master., In the battle trench we stand far away from our dear land., Home, Sweet Home! for you we're fighting! Cheer up! lads., Staff notation.
Have you forgotten
by Larry Stengle, Fred Carson and Chas. Corrigan., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Photo of a young woman wearing a sleeveless summer dress and hat sitting by the window of a gazebo or tree house looking up in thought. Signed by a New York photographer / Mandy., The boys have all returned again., Have you forgotten that the boys come home., "Buy a copy and keep the ex-service men employed"--Cover., Staff notation.
Hands off the U.S.A
words and music by F. A. C. de Correvont., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to Lieut. J. B. Webster, 5th U.S. Engineers"--Cover., Our great fathers it is true., For the men of the U.S.A., Staff notation.
Hats off to Miss Liberty
poem by L. W. French ; music by R. A. Browne., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to Constitution Day"--Cover., Silhouette of a crowd raising their hats and cheering the Statue of Liberty which rises up above them against the rays of a blazing sun., Hands are stretched out across the sea to Samuel and Miss Liberty., Hats off to Miss Liberty!, Staff notation.
He fought that all the world be free
words by John Robertson ; music by Ian Donnachaidh., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Rural village scene with a church tower, cottage, canon and ruined buildings., On Flander's field, my soldier boy., He went to war that all the world be free., Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., Staff notation.
Heroes of liberty
words by Norrie Bernard ; music by Edw. I. Pfeiffer., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Photograph of the 27th Division passing through the Arch of Victory, Madison Square, New York City / by Underwood & Underwood., In the days of used to be, wars have made our history., Our heroes of liberty have fought so our rights shall be., "A song suggested by the photo play of the same name"--Cover., Staff notation.
Her yankee soldier boy
words and music by James Francis Langan., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Drawing of a soldier blowing a bugle set against a decorative background incorporating acanthus, flowers and a painters palette. Printed in blue., Hark! the sound of the bugle is calling., When she hears the bugle calling., Staff notation.
Home again
words and music by Will J. White ; arranged by Jules Brazil., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano, with alternate version of chorus for mixed or male quartette (page 4), Canadian soldier lights a cigarette, with inset photograph of White / by Lou Skuce., Sailing sailing over the bounding foam, ev'ry lad aboard the boat is sailing for home sweet home., Home again, home again, that's the song we love to sing., Staff notation.
America first last and always
by Bernie Grossman, Arthur Sizemore, Larry Shay., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Inset photo of William Hale Thompson with caption: "Big Bill, 'America First'.", From over the sea they saw you beckon., America first and last and always., At head of caption title: "Dedicated to a great American William Hale Thompson.", Staff notation.
Across the Rio Grande
words by Dave Reed and George Graff, Jr. ; music by Ernest R. Ball., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Commanding officer on horseback raises his sword to lead his troops into battle. Behind him another soldier on horseback carries a large American Flag. Inset photo of Ernest R. Ball of Lambert & Ball with caption: "Sung with great success by.", Our Uncle Sam is mild., It's just the same old story., Staff notation.
A sailor of the USA
by the writers of My dream of the U.S.A. Leonard Chick, Chas H. Roth., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Illustration of a battle at sea with the caption "Battle of the Serapis and the Bon Homme Richard" / W.C. Money[?], On the shore at Hampton roads., I want to be a sailor just like John Paul Jones., Staff notation.
A soldier's love
words and music by Frank Krulish., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Respectfully dedicated to the soldiers of the American Army world war"--Cover., Photograph of Frank Krulish holding a violin and bow., As the shades of night were falling o'er a plain., My thoughts are always towards home turning it makes no difference where I am., "A true story taken from life, introducing his dream for home"--Cover., "Frank Krulish served with United States Naval Forces on the Army troopship, U.S.S. Martha Washington, U.S.N."--Cover., Staff notation.
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.
Back from over there
words by Jack Treis ; music by John P. Selas., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Red stars on a white stripe, between a red and a blue strip., See the smoke! see the smoke! way out there, We've come back, we've come back, from the place that we call over there, Staff notation., Publication information inferred from copyright statement.
Back to the U.S.A.
words by Florian Olbrich ; music by Robert VanSickle., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., I've traveled 'cross the country., Back to the good old U.S.A. for me., Staff notation.
When the [eagle] screams
by Joseph T. Pope N.S.L., piano, voice, Title from cover., On title page "[eagle]" appears as an illustration of an American bald eagle., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to the National Security League"--Cover., "If we wish to avoid the horrors of war we must prepare a proper strong defense."--Cover., Bald eagle resting one foot on a shield of stars and stripes and the other on a globe., When you hear some old Jingo shouting., So just keep cool and steady., Staff notation.
Musik von Degayter ; nach den franz Worten deutsch übersetzt von Dr. Franz Diederich., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Translated from the French., Two globes with inset photo of Karl Marx., Nun reckt empor des Elends Stirnen, ihr Angeschmiedeten der Not!, Schon jubeln des Siegs Signale!, Staff notation.
Fall in - for your motherland
words by President Woodrow Wilson ; music by Dr. Frank Black and John Golden., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Photo of Woodrow Wilson., America, you're cried awake by voices of the night., Fall into line for your motherland., Words chosen from Woodrow Wilson's speeches., "As sung in the all-soldier show 'The Army Play by Play' produced by John Golden and the Second Service Command"--Cover., Staff notation.
Going over
composed by John L. Rogers., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Troops transporting over to their ship, on their way to war., Our Uncle Sam has drawn his sword to make this old world free., We're going, we're going, we're going right on over., Staff notation.
Hullo, home!
the lyrics and music by B. C. Hilliam., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Caricatures of two soldiers and a nurse., There's a stir in the air, there's a babel of rejoicing in the hearts of us all., Hullo, Home! We're getting nearer to you., "The Selwyns present the merry music play Buddies, the play by Geo. V. Hobart, the lyrics & music by B. C. Hilliam"--Cover., Advertisements "Vocal gems from Buddies" on p. [6]., Staff notation.