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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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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.
Good-bye, good luck, God bless you
words by J. Keirn Brennan ; music by Ernest R. Ball., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Young man and woman saying goodbye on the doorstep of a house. The man is dressed in a short jacket and breeches. The woman is wearing a long dress and holds a basket with flowers that she is picking from a tall flowering bush., It's hard to part when heart to heart., Good-bye, good luck, God bless you., Staff notation.