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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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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.
Another good man gone wrong
music by Nat Osborne ; words by Ballard MacDonald., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "As introduced in the big military review 'Atta boy' with Captain Frank Tinney and 100 overseas boys.", Verses 4-8 printed as text at end of score., Drawing of stylized white and orange flowers against a blue background., I know a private who had a girl, he couldn't hold her somehow., Another good man gone wrong., Staff notation.
As our president comes sailing home
words by Edith Rojean Orne; music by George Lowell Tracy., piano, voice, Title from cover., For high voice and piano with trumpet and bells., At head of title: The National Peace Song., Ship at sea with peace dove flying over head framed with laurel branches / E.S. Fisher., Accompanied by publisher's flyer with supplementary "A League of Nations" for four voices. Words by Edith Rojean Orne to the tune of "John Brown's Body.", Have you heard the song they're singing all the world around?, Then we'll rally, rally, rally!, Staff notation.