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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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Dixie doodle girl
by W. C. Powell., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Columbia wearing a white dress, with her left arm extended, upon which is perched a bald eagle; she is holding an American flag on a staff with her right hand, and an oversized, partially unfurled American flag is in the background / Bertha Youngs., 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.
Betsy Ross
words by Bartley Costello ; music by J. Fred. Helf., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano; arrangement for male quartette arranged by Theo. Westman p. 5., Young woman in a white dress holding onto a flag pole flying an American flag / De Takacs., Betsy Ross the flag is flying high., Betsy Ross don't be cross., Advertising includes musical incipits for "My love is greater than the world" by J. Fred Helf., Staff notation.
Defenders of the flag
composed by Sydney P. Harris., piano, Title from cover., For piano., An older soldier holding a rifle against his shoulder and a young sailor. An American flag between them with an eagle on the flag pole / Starmer., Staff notation.