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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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Any old jay can get a girl today
words by William Jerome ; music by Seymour Furth., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., At head of title: The new comedy sensation., Old man fashionably dressed with a top hat wearing spats surrounded by three young women also very fashionably dressed / Barbelle., There was a time when ev'ry girl was very hard to suit., Any old jay can get a girl today., NIU copy: "Sample copy" stamped on cover., Staff notation.
Dancing 'neath the Dixie moon
music by Ed. Nelson ; words by Will J. Hart., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Three soldiers watching a dance party in a clearing from a distance. African American dancers and musicians holding hands and dancing in a circle, lanterns hanging in the trees, the full moon rising up above the horizon behind them / E.E. Halton., Now I've been all over from Pekin and Dover., First line chorus: Dancing 'neath the Dixie moon dancing to a Dixie tune., NIU copy., Staff notation.