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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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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.
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.
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.
The fighting Navy of the U.S.A.
words by Chas. A. Snyder ; music by Stanley Henry., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Sailor standing on the ocean with a battleship firing rounds of amunition behind him. He has his hand to the side of his mouth and is calling, "Look after my folks.", We've sung about the Army., It is the Navy., "Navy Relief Society needs $2,000,000 will you help!", Staff notation.
The fighting 62nd infantry
words and music by Private Wm. Fitzgerald., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., United States flag waving with inset photo of Col. Lindsay / C. L. McQuaid S. F., We all belong to the sixty second infantry., For we are the sixty second infantry., "Dedicated to Chaplain Moissant.", Staff notation.
Hurrah for the heroes of the sea
words and music Violet E. Lunkley., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Arranged by Gallur., "Dedicated to the Navy boys.", Photo of a Navy warship. Below is a photo of the composer between two crossed American flags. Stars are sprinkled around the photos. Printed in red, white and blue., Out upon the ocean blue., Then hurrah for the brave sailor lads., Staff notation.
America, I love you
words by Edgar Leslie ; music by Archie Gottler., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Large oval photo of Fannie Watson surrounded by images reflecting America's history including the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, pilgrims, Indian chiefs, a wagon train, and a settler farming his land with an ox drawn plow / AL. Barbelle., First line verse: Amid fields of clover, 'twas just a little over a hundred years ago., America, I love you, you're like a sweetheart of mine., NIU copy., Staff notation.