Primary tabs

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.

Browse by first line of chorus | first line of lyrics | cover illustration

Home again
words and music by Will J. White ; arranged by Jules Brazil., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano, with alternate version of chorus for mixed or male quartette (page 4), Canadian soldier lights a cigarette, with inset photograph of White / by Lou Skuce., Sailing sailing over the bounding foam, ev'ry lad aboard the boat is sailing for home sweet home., Home again, home again, that's the song we love to sing., 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.
Another good man gone wrong
music by Nat Osborne ; words by Ballard MacDonald., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "As introduced in the big military review 'Atta boy' with Captain Frank Tinney and 100 overseas boys.", Verses 4-8 printed as text at end of score., Drawing of stylized white and orange flowers against a blue background., I know a private who had a girl, he couldn't hold her somehow., Another good man gone wrong., Staff notation.