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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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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.
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.
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.
Hail to America
instrumental and vocal by Fred K. Huffer., piano, voice, Title from cover., NIU Copy: Original imprint covered by label: on label, Educational Music Bureau, School Music of all Publishers, Steinway Hall Bldg., Chicago., March for voice and piano., Staff notation., America, we greet you with a glad smile., Hail to America! 'Tis the cradle of Liberty.
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.
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.
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.
Drauf und d'ran!
komponiert von Oscar Fetrás., piano, voice, "Nach bekannten Soldaten-Liedern für Klavier mit überlegtem Text"--Cover., Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Oak tree with composer and publisher information incorporated into the motif., Publication date inferred from title., Was blasen die Trompeten Husaren heraus., Staff notation.
Dumbell rag
words and music by Ivor E. Ayre., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Photo of Ivor E. Ayre on a red background with black lettering. Red dumbell above first word of title., Hi! Boys hear our latest rag., Oh that Dumbell rag., Composer is musical director of the Dumbells., "Sung by the Dumbells in their overseas revue Biff, Bing, Bang."--Cover., Staff notation.
The dying soldier's message
words by F. N. Jellison ; music by L. A. Clark., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Draw near, my dear old comrade., There's a chain clasped to a locket., Staff notation.
A mother's soldier boy
words & music by Jos. A. Curtis., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Respectfully dedicated to my friends The Skillman Club of Newark, N. J."--Page 4 of cover., Woman seated in a parlor chair holding a flag. A little boy stands in front of her resting a toy rifle on his shoulder with one hand and beating a drum he wears around his waist with the other. Above them in a cloud is a young man dressed as a soldier standing at a attention with a rifle and bayonet. At the bottom, a bald eagle holds a banner reading "A true American song" / R. H. Reiboldt., A little boy was playing war., Tramp Tramp Tramp, the boys are marching., Staff notation.
Alter Jägermarsch von 1813
bearbeitet von Josef Wattke., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Military commanders on horseback lead soldiers through the countryside. A soldier with a rifle and bayonet looks on., Staff notation.
Always ahead
by Carl Millegram., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Boy dressed in knickers holding a large American flag that blows in the wind behind him., Staff notation.
Battle of the nations
by E. T. Paull., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Chaotic battle scene including a biplane, dirigible, horses, and cannons., "Companion piece to the celebrated Napoleon's Last charge descriptive march."--Cover., Cover lithography by A. Hoen & Co., Richmond, Va., Publisher's advertisement on p.[4]: compositions and march arrangements by E. T. Paull. Page printed in red., Not in Vogel., Staff notation.
America we love thee
words & music by H. A. Tuckett., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., View of the U.S. Capitol building on the horizon flanked by American flags. An eagle statue stands on top of each of the flag poles., Staff notation.
The bell of freedom
by Karl Lenox., piano, Title from cover., For piano., View through the bell tower of the Liberty Bell with the Philadelphia skyline bordered by side bars with stars., Staff notation., "Liberty Bell 1776, Introducing church chimes"--Cover.
American Legion's march
by Lincoln G. Scheetz & J. H. Meredith., piano, Title from cover., Caption title gives composer as "I. H. Meredith.", March for piano., Photograph with caption: "General Pershing reviewing Americans at Metz Apr. 29, 1919.", Staff notation.