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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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Are you half the man your mother thought you'd be?
words by Leo Wood ; music by Harry De Costa., piano, voice, Cover title., For voice and piano., At head of title: The song you've been reading about., Inset circle with an illustration of a mother reading to her small son against a sea of portraits of men. These include George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt., Have you ever stopped to think of how you sat at mother's knee., Have you kept your promise to her., Staff notation.
Do we remember Dewey at Manila?
words by Mort Green ; music by Harry DeCosta., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., drawing of a ship at sea / K., Our soldiers on the firing line., Do we remember Dewey at Manila?, NIU copy., Staff notation.