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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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Dumbell rag
words and music by Ivor E. Ayre., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Photo of Ivor E. Ayre on a red background with black lettering. Red dumbell above first word of title., Hi! Boys hear our latest rag., Oh that Dumbell rag., Composer is musical director of the Dumbells., "Sung by the Dumbells in their overseas revue Biff, Bing, Bang."--Cover., 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.
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.
Good-bye boys
music by Harry Von Tilzer; words by Andrew B. Sterling & William Jerome., piano, voice, "Dedicated to Edwin A. Starn.", Title from cover., For voice and piano., Inset photo of Al Jolson in blackface makeup. Small inset photo of publisher Harry Von Tilzer. Printed in orange and green with flower designs / Gene Buck., Good-bye old pals I'm going far away., Goodbye boys., NIU copy., Staff notation.