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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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Home again
words and music by Will J. White ; arranged by Jules Brazil., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano, with alternate version of chorus for mixed or male quartette (page 4), Canadian soldier lights a cigarette, with inset photograph of White / by Lou Skuce., Sailing sailing over the bounding foam, ev'ry lad aboard the boat is sailing for home sweet home., Home again, home again, that's the song we love to sing., Staff notation.
Hip-hip-hurrah
words and music by Will J. White ; arranged by Jules Brazil., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Drawing of three soldiers from the shoulders up with an inset photo of Will J. White., Now every one today Wants to find a simple way., Hip! Hip! Hooray, For the boys who went away., Staff notation.
The best old flag on earth
words and music by Charles F. Harrison., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., British flag forms the cover., Though England's foes may assail her, though the war clouds hang around., Then give three cheers, three British cheers for the old red, white and blue., "Dedicated to the Canadian overseas contingents.", NIU copy., Staff notation.