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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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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.
French lyric by Gustave Rivet ; English translation by Milton Goldsmith ; music by Ruggiero Leoncavallo., piano, voice, Title from caption., For voice and piano., "Respectfully dedicated to Monsieur Raymond Poincaré, President of the French Republic.", Man wearing a loincloth made out of the French flag holding a French flag in one hand and sword in the other. He is standing with one foot on a vanquished foe and looking up to the heavens., Advance, oh soldiers to the battle., Hurrah! Bravely advance! Hurrah!, Text in English and French., Staff notation.
Bugle call rag
by J. Hubert Blake and Carey Morgan., piano, Title from cover., For piano., Soldier blowing a bugle with a military encampment in the background. Inset photos of Jean and Jeanette Warner. Photo of Warner has caption: "originator of the fox-trot." / Starmer., NIU copy., Staff notation.
by L. Wolfe Gilbert & Anatol Friedland., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Drawing of a German soldier toasting an artist with a palette / E.E.W., First line of text: This war has brought us trouble., Camouflage, camouflage, that's the latest dodge., "Dedicated to Billy Scharton, Patricia Farms, Mass"--page 2., NIU copy., Staff notation.