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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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He's doing his bit
words by Bert Hanlon; music by Harry von Tilzer; introduced by Florence Tempest, late of Tempest and Sunshine., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Photograph of a teenage boy dressed in a suit and tie with a boutineer in the top button hole relaxing on the window sill. He wears a Gatsby newsboy cap and has a cigarette in his mouth. The illustration behind him is of a man and woman embracing in a room with an open window. A regiment of soldiers is marching by outside., Now little Willie Newton knew his country was recruitin., He's doing his bit for the girls., Staff notation.
Good-bye boys
music by Harry Von Tilzer; words by Andrew B. Sterling & William Jerome., piano, voice, "Dedicated to Edwin A. Starn.", Title from cover., For voice and piano., Inset photo of Al Jolson in blackface makeup. Small inset photo of publisher Harry Von Tilzer. Printed in orange and green with flower designs / Gene Buck., Good-bye old pals I'm going far away., Goodbye boys., NIU copy., Staff notation.
The dove of peace
words by Vincent Bryan ; music by Harry von Tilzer., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Uncle Sam is standing on the North American continent holding a peace dove up in front of him and is about to release it. On the continent of Europe behind him fires are raging as a battle is fought by infantry soldiers., Hark! I hear voices calling., Many poor hearts are aching over the sea., NIU copy., Staff notation.
And then she'd knit, knit, knit
lyric by Ed. Moran ; music by Harry Von Tilzer., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Photograph of a young woman within a border, seated in a whicker arm hair knitting; a basket of yarn and dog is near her feet, while trees (colored with red leaves) surround her; threads drawn from the knitting activity lead to the outside of the border where, in the lower left corner, several men hold on to the string and gaze at her admiringly / E.H. Pfeiffer. Thumbnail photograph of Harry Von Tilzer on cover near center at bottom., Pretty little Kitty's got the patriotic craze knitting scarfs for soldiers day and night, He'd take a hug then he'd hug her some more while she'd knit knit knit knit knit, NIU copy., Staff notation.