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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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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.
How we love you dear Old Glory
by Glenn C. Leap., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Betsy Ross sitting on a stone bench holding up a U.S. flag. A small potted ornamental tree sits on the bench beside her / by ABC (in circle)., Some years ago, yes many years ago, Miss Betsy Ross was plying her thread., How we love you dear Old Glory, how we love you flag of ours., Staff notation.
For you and the grand old flag
words by Chas. Coleman ; music by T. Jay Flanagan., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., "The tremendous patriotic song hit.", Soldier embracing a young woman. Both are encircled by a large American flag / Jenkins., Hark hear the bugle is calling, calling for me to go., For you and the grand old flag., Staff notation.
At the front of the battles you found us
words and music by Charles Thomas; arranged by W. H. Banks., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to the Army and Navy of the U.S.A.", Medallion with a sailor between two crossed American flags. Below is a strip of five allied flags, two American, with soldiers of the four different countries represented standing underneath of them as follows: the United States, France, Kingdom of Italy, Great Britain, United States. A black soldier stands under the second of the two American flags on the far right., At the front of the battles you found us., The boys are coming, coming home., Staff notation.