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

Heave to
book and lyrics by Tom Groves ; music by Werner Janssen., piano, voice, Caricatures of sailors dancing and of choir members singing from a book. Banner image of a ship sailing on a sea with the sun on the horizon., Title from cover., For voice and piano., At head of caption title: The Dartmouth Dramatic Association presents an operetta entitled., Staff notation.
We're on our way to meet you, General Pershing
by Geo. Merle., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., The Blue Star Mothers Service Flag., We're very glad, yes very glad., We're on our way, yes on our way., Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., Staff notation.
Meet me down on the levee
words and music by M.D. Staninger., piano, voice, Caption title., Foxtrot for voice and piano., Man in military attire is waving from the levee and calling out. Behind him is a city scape, a boat on the river and a man sitting on an overturned barrell fishing. Inset photo with caption: "Featured by Lieut Max Finks Syncopated Jazz artists.", Tenshun all you Legion men., Say to Al I'll meet him down on the levee., "The American Legion National Welcome Song"--Cover, "Song by Stan Staniger, Alvin Callander Post, American Legion"--Cover., Staff notation.
Battery A
Bert Lowe., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Battery of soldiers with a canon fighting on the front with biplanes flying overhead / V.C. Plunkett., Staff notation.
Humanity
by Grace L. Bradley., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to the C.R. Macauley Photo Plays, Inc."--Cover., Drawing of a nurse wearing a white dress and habit looking up / Barbelle., H-u-m-a-n-i-t-y is what we're fighting for., "H" is for the honor they deserve., Staff notation.
Hullo America
arranged by Herman Finck., piano, Cover title., For piano., "Composed and arranged by Herman Finck"--Page 2., Drawing of an American flag and inset photo of Miss Elsie Janis by Malcolm Arbuthnot., "Hullo, America! at the Palace Theatre, produced by Alfred Butt.", Staff notation.
Home is where the heart is
lyric and music by Manuel Klein., piano, voice, Caption title., For voice and piano., Banner with the stars and stripes against a background consisting of six flags with red, white and blue colors., A little bird once flew in at my window., Home is where the heart is., Staff notation.
Hands off the U.S.A
words and music by F. A. C. de Correvont., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to Lieut. J. B. Webster, 5th U.S. Engineers"--Cover., Our great fathers it is true., For the men of the U.S.A., Staff notation.
Hats off to Miss Liberty
poem by L. W. French ; music by R. A. Browne., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to Constitution Day"--Cover., Silhouette of a crowd raising their hats and cheering the Statue of Liberty which rises up above them against the rays of a blazing sun., Hands are stretched out across the sea to Samuel and Miss Liberty., Hats off to Miss Liberty!, Staff notation.
Happy Sammies
by Leo Delval., piano, Title from cover., For piano., Photograph of the Jazarimba Orchestra against a background of a drawing of soldiers, in silhouette, waving hats and hands / Starmer., "Columbia record A-2482"--Cover., Staff notation.
He fought that all the world be free
words by John Robertson ; music by Ian Donnachaidh., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Rural village scene with a church tower, cottage, canon and ruined buildings., On Flander's field, my soldier boy., He went to war that all the world be free., Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., Staff notation.
Hail to the gorget
by Lloyd Elliott Appleton., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Within an art deco blue and white frame, a black and white photograph of Capt. Francis Hawks Appleton, who is wearing a gorget., "Respectfully dedicated to Capt. Francis Hawks Appleton, Commander of Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. of Massachusetts"--Cover., NIU copy: Inscribed by the composer., Staff notation.
Hello boys!
lyric by Agnes Boyle Garvin ; music by Marion D. King., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Foot soldier holding up a large American flag greets a sailor who raises his hand to him. Between them is a warship in New York Harbor with the Statue of Liberty., All Europe was embroiled., Hello Boys!, Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., Staff notation.
Hello America, hello
words and music by Geo. Fairman., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Statue of Liberty with the Manhattan skyline in the background with the moon in the sky / Barbelle., At a wireless telephone., Hello America, hello., Staff notation.
Heroes of liberty
words by Norrie Bernard ; music by Edw. I. Pfeiffer., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Photograph of the 27th Division passing through the Arch of Victory, Madison Square, New York City / by Underwood & Underwood., In the days of used to be, wars have made our history., Our heroes of liberty have fought so our rights shall be., "A song suggested by the photo play of the same name"--Cover., Staff notation.
Hearts across the sea
by C. L. Woolsey., piano, Title from cover., For piano., "Respectfully dedicated to the 40th Division U.S. Army, Camp Kearny, Cal."--Cover., Two cherubs sit on opposite banks of the mouth of a river flowing into the ocean. They have their heads in their hands. The sun is setting casting a glow over the water., Staff notation.
Her yankee soldier boy
words and music by James Francis Langan., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Drawing of a soldier blowing a bugle set against a decorative background incorporating acanthus, flowers and a painters palette. Printed in blue., Hark! the sound of the bugle is calling., When she hears the bugle calling., Staff notation.
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.
The high cost of living
words by Gladys Wilson ; music by O. Elizabeth Wilson., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., There's a cloud of trouble settled on the folks all over town., The high cost of living is simply a shame., Staff notation.
Somewhere 'long the Rio Grande
words and music by Geo. H. Savery ; arranged by Fred W. Clement., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to the defenders of the border U.S.A."--Cover., Inset photo with caption: "Photo. of Camp Pershing. Taken at Columbus, N.M. 1916.", Some where long the Rio Grande., Come back soldier boy., Staff notation.
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.
Hello, Miss Liberty
words by Thomas J. Gray ; music by Fred Fischer., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Silhouette of the Statue of Liberty looking out towards New York Harbor as a ship approaches. Inset photo of Sue Smith / Gene Buck., When you leave your "Home sweet home.", Goodbye, old Ireland., Staff notation.
Don't let your foot slip, Hiram
words and music by Norma Gregg., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Young man carrying a carpet bag steps out of a circle with one larger than life oversized foot. The heads of four women with various expressions wearing hats line the top of the circle / Goddard., Hiram packed his old tin trunk., Look out for the girl with the twinkle in her eye., Staff notation.
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.
The dove of peace
by Otto Motzan., piano, Title from cover., Waltz for piano., Woman wearing a white toga style dress releases a dove. She stands on a marble staircase overlooking a lawn with a fountain with a forest beyond. The sun is rising over the entire scene., Staff notation.