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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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Cheer up Tommy Atkins
lyric by Will J. Hart ; music by Edw. G. Nelson., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Two smiling soldiers in the foreground with a regiment of soldiers marching in the background. The soldiers in the background are not smiling and happy / E.E. Walton., Somewhere afloat, aboard a boat, there is a Yankee bunch., Cheer up, Tommy Atkins., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Dancing 'neath the Dixie moon
music by Ed. Nelson ; words by Will J. Hart., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Three soldiers watching a dance party in a clearing from a distance. African American dancers and musicians holding hands and dancing in a circle, lanterns hanging in the trees, the full moon rising up above the horizon behind them / E.E. Halton., Now I've been all over from Pekin and Dover., First line chorus: Dancing 'neath the Dixie moon dancing to a Dixie tune., NIU copy., Staff notation.