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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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God be with my wandering boy to-night
words by Eddie Dorr & Bob Schafer ; music by Lew Porter & Jim Quigley., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., A woman stands at a fence in the moonlight, with trees and a river in the background; framed by birds and roses / by Barbelle., Twilight shadows falling, mother waits at home, her poor heart is breaking for her boy across the foam., God be with my wand'ring boy tonight, wherever he may roam., Staff notation.
Hello! Gen'ral Pershing
by Lew Porter., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Portrait drawing of General Pershing / de Takacs., Shades of night are falling., Hello! Gen'ral Pershing., Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., Staff notation.