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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.
Somewhere 'long the Rio Grande
words and music by Geo. H. Savery ; arranged by Fred W. Clement., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to the defenders of the border U.S.A."--Cover., Inset photo with caption: "Photo. of Camp Pershing. Taken at Columbus, N.M. 1916.", Some where long the Rio Grande., Come back soldier boy., 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.
Hello, Miss Liberty
words by Thomas J. Gray ; music by Fred Fischer., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Silhouette of the Statue of Liberty looking out towards New York Harbor as a ship approaches. Inset photo of Sue Smith / Gene Buck., When you leave your "Home sweet home.", Goodbye, old Ireland., Staff notation.
Don't take the red and white out of the flag and leave us the blues
words by Joe Young and Sam M. Lewis ; music by Walter Donaldson., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Strip of ribbon in red white and blue with various motifs, floral and geometric / RS., Come on and rally around the flag., Red and white out of the flag., 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.
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.
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.
How happy old Ireland would be
by Ed. Jerome & Frank Albright., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Every Irishman's heart will be joyous and gay when a Statue of Liberty stands in Old Dublin Bay.", Statue of Liberty standing on a map of Ireland with the sun and its rays forming a background behind it / Natwick., America grandest of nations You're a country that all of us love., Shure it's Ireland the land of the "Shamrock and Lily" she calling for you and for me., Staff notation.
words and music by Florence M. Benjamin ; arranged by Jules Brazil., piano, voice, Title from cover., Waltz for voice and piano., French flag with a fleur-de-lis on each side of it., France, France, France, land of the fleur de lis., France, dear old France., Staff notation.
Give me a Yankee girl for mine
words by Billy Tracey ; music by Kate Elinore & Sam Williams., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Inset drawing of a young woman holding a letter with flowers behind her. In the background behind her portrait are mountains and trees / E. E. Walton., Altho' the fighting's over now, it may be quite a while., Little girl don't you worry, we're all in a hurry, to come sailing home to you., Staff notation.
He's doing his bit
words by Bert Hanlon; music by Harry von Tilzer; introduced by Florence Tempest, late of Tempest and Sunshine., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Photograph of a teenage boy dressed in a suit and tie with a boutineer in the top button hole relaxing on the window sill. He wears a Gatsby newsboy cap and has a cigarette in his mouth. The illustration behind him is of a man and woman embracing in a room with an open window. A regiment of soldiers is marching by outside., Now little Willie Newton knew his country was recruitin., He's doing his bit for the girls., Staff notation.
The bravest heart of all
lyric by Arthur J. Lamb ; music by F. Henri Clique., piano, voice, "Dedicated to Frederick E. Peterson of Chicago"--Page 3., British Red Cross nurse standing against the a stone wall before a firing squad. It is night and there is a full moon in the sky., Title from cover., Waltz for voice and piano., Like an angel she nursed many soldiers., 'Twas only the heart of a woman., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Buy American!
words by Al Lewis ; music by Al Sherman., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Uncle Sam is pointing to the title "Buy American!" with all sorts of consumer goods in the background including shoes, hats, canes, dresses, rings, tables, chairs and cigarettes / Leff., If you want to cheer up the red, white and blue, First line of lyric: There's a brand new slogan, NIU copy., Staff notation.