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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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Hurrah! Hurrah! for the U.S.A.
by Geo. B. Mann., piano, voice, Title from cover., March song for voice and piano., Uncle Sam is looking up at the Statue of Liberty. He is surrounded by the portraits of four presidents: Grant, Wilson, Washington and Lincoln., When Yankee Doodle came to town a riding on his pony., Hurrah! Hurrah for the U.S.A., Staff notation.
Home sweet home for you we're fighting
words by Captain Joe Lawson ; music by Gordon V. Thompson., piano, voice, "Captain Joe Lawson's great recruiting song"--Cover., Title from cover., March for voice and piano., "The Canadian Marching Song"--Cover., Photograph of Joe Lawson holding British flag. Photograph of Lieut. John Slatter, band master., In the battle trench we stand far away from our dear land., Home, Sweet Home! for you we're fighting! Cheer up! lads., Staff notation.
Have you forgotten
by Larry Stengle, Fred Carson and Chas. Corrigan., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Photo of a young woman wearing a sleeveless summer dress and hat sitting by the window of a gazebo or tree house looking up in thought. Signed by a New York photographer / Mandy., The boys have all returned again., Have you forgotten that the boys come home., "Buy a copy and keep the ex-service men employed"--Cover., Staff notation.
Hail to America
instrumental and vocal by Fred K. Huffer., piano, voice, Title from cover., NIU Copy: Original imprint covered by label: on label, Educational Music Bureau, School Music of all Publishers, Steinway Hall Bldg., Chicago., March for voice and piano., Staff notation., America, we greet you with a glad smile., Hail to America! 'Tis the cradle of Liberty.
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.
Drauf und d'ran!
komponiert von Oscar Fetrás., piano, voice, "Nach bekannten Soldaten-Liedern für Klavier mit überlegtem Text"--Cover., Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Oak tree with composer and publisher information incorporated into the motif., Publication date inferred from title., Was blasen die Trompeten Husaren heraus., 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.
Back to the U.S.A.
words by Florian Olbrich ; music by Robert VanSickle., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., I've traveled 'cross the country., Back to the good old U.S.A. for me., Staff notation.
Internationale
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.
Fall in - for your motherland
words by President Woodrow Wilson ; music by Dr. Frank Black and John Golden., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Photo of Woodrow Wilson., America, you're cried awake by voices of the night., Fall into line for your motherland., Words chosen from Woodrow Wilson's speeches., "As sung in the all-soldier show 'The Army Play by Play' produced by John Golden and the Second Service Command"--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.
Everybody welcome- everything free!
lyric by Alex Sullivan ; music by Thomas Egan., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., "Official Knights of Columbus War Service Song.", Group of soldiers looking up to a Knights of Columbus member standing in the doorway of a building. The insignia of the organization is behind him on the wall., There is a well known Order., Ev'rybody welcome, Ev'rything free., Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., Staff notation.
The boys from the United States
words and music by Joe Greenfield., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Regiment of soldiers marching across an open field. Inset photo of Joe Greenfield(?), Germany in this war you have pushed us., For to uphold the honor of the good old Stars and Stripes., Staff notation.
For America and you
words & music by N.J. Clesi., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Nurse standing with her arms spread open in a gesture of welcoming. She is wearing a white apron, white hat with a red cross and white arm band with a red cross. The background is formed by the red and white stripes of the American flag., Get ready to fight., Soldier boy don't leave without me., Staff notation.
Good-bye France
by Sergeant Irving Berlin., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., French soldier and an American soldier shaking hands. Behind them is the Statue of Liberty. The sun and it's rays shine behind its torch forming the background. Shields with attributes of France and the United States frame the picture / Barbelle., I can picture the boys "over there.", Good-bye France., Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., 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.
From Berlin to Donegal
by C. H. Wheatley ; arranged by N. A. Krantz., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., An elderly man wearing spectacles with a mustache dressed as a policeman with a billy club approaches a smaller man who is holding a stick and standing in front of a fence that has "No trespassing" written on it. The elderly man has a string of sausages hanging out of his pocket and is smoking a pipe. His hat has a band with "Germany" printed on it. The smaller man is wearing a hat that has "Belgium" printed on the band. Beyond the fence is a road that leads to a village., He bid us come son of a gun., 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.
Hip-hip-hurrah
words and music by Will J. White ; arranged by Jules Brazil., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Drawing of three soldiers from the shoulders up with an inset photo of Will J. White., Now every one today Wants to find a simple way., Hip! Hip! Hooray, For the boys who went away., Staff notation.
Heap much salute not plenty shoot
lyric by W. H. Pease ; music by W. H. Pease., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Indian chief with a rifle with a bayonet capturing German soldiers in trenches on the war front., A grand son of old Sitting Bull enlisted with the Yanks., English, French and Italian man., Staff notation.
Hipp, hipp, hipp, hurrah!
von Georg Kunoth, op. 24., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Portrait drawing of Wilhelm II surrounded by foliage with caption: "Wilhelm II., Deutscher Kaiser und König von Preussen, Geb. 27. Januar 1859." Banner above him reads, "Wir halten fest und treu zusammen!", Lasst tönen laut den frohen Sang hinaus in alle Welt., Es soll Begeist' rung uns entflammen, hipp, hipp, hurrah, hipp, hipp, hurrah., Staff notation.
England's daughter and a scrap of paper
words by Rich. L. Werry ; music by G. Harold Brown, A.R.C.O., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Inset photo of men at war front with the chrous of the song printed underneath it. Above the photo is the caption: "A tribute to our defenders on the firing line.", Old England has a daughter fair., Twas a little scrap of paper., "One half of the profits of this song will be donated to patriotic and charitable funds.", 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.
Gee, but it's great to be a soldier
by Geo. B. Mann., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Smiling soldier enveloped in the American flag saluting with a military camp behind him., We are soldier boys., Gee but it's great to be a soldier., Staff notation.
The girl who wears a red cross on her sleeve
words and music by William Mahoney., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for solo voice with piano., Red Cross nurse cradling an injured soldier in her arms. The two figures are superimposed in front of a large red cross / E.H. Pfeiffer., There's a gray haired mother in a far off town., There's a girl at the front among the soldiers., Staff notation.