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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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Daddy is home again
Lyrics by M. Edith Gordon ; music by Clay Smith., Piano., Voice., Title from cover., For voice and piano., Parlor with an open window looking with a view out to a pond with a swan and trees. A mother sitting in a chair holds her baby that is sitting on a table with the father looking on., Dear little lad with the sunny smile., So we'll sail away to the land of dreams., Staff notation.
America answers the call
written and composed by Clay Smith, R.P. Weston & Bert Lee., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Sung by Miss Lee White in Andre Charlot's vaudeville theatre success 'Cheep' written by Harry Grattan.", Two decorative panels containing pastoral scenes form a t-square. At the intersection is an inset photo of Miss Lee White signed "photo by Malcolm Arbuthnot.", America answers the call, Our songs will do or die, NIU copy., Staff notation.