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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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Meet me down on the levee
words and music by M.D. Staninger., piano, voice, Caption title., Foxtrot for voice and piano., Man in military attire is waving from the levee and calling out. Behind him is a city scape, a boat on the river and a man sitting on an overturned barrell fishing. Inset photo with caption: "Featured by Lieut Max Finks Syncopated Jazz artists.", Tenshun all you Legion men., Say to Al I'll meet him down on the levee., "The American Legion National Welcome Song"--Cover, "Song by Stan Staniger, Alvin Callander Post, American Legion"--Cover., Staff notation.
Trench trot
lyric by Lieut. Jack Frost ; music by F. Henri Klickmann., piano, voice, Title from cover., Foxtrot for voice and piano., "The great military song and dance novelty.", "Introduced by: Sophie Tucker and Her 5 Kings of Syncopation.", Photograph of Sophie Tucker and Her 5 Kings of Syncopation; drawing of soldiers and women dancing the foxtrot / H., How do you do, how do you, Mister New Dance?, Forward, march!, Staff notation.
The call of a nation
composed by Fred E. Ahlert and Pete Wendling., piano, Title from cover., For piano., Columbia blowing a long necked trumpet standing on a globe with a regiment of soldiers rushing forward into battle in the background. Photo of the Saxo-Sextette set into the illustration / Al Barbelle., Staff notation.
Camp Cody blues
by Harry Baisden ; arr. by Arthur Ward., piano, Title from cover., For piano., "Respectfully dedicated to the 2nd Iowa Infantry"--Page 2., Soldier is keeping the guard of an army camp. A shield with the stars and stripes with two crossed flag poles hangs above the camp. Banners with the stars and stripes hang from the poles and with the shield form a frame for the scene., Staff notation.
Bugle call rag
by J. Hubert Blake and Carey Morgan., piano, Title from cover., For piano., Soldier blowing a bugle with a military encampment in the background. Inset photos of Jean and Jeanette Warner. Photo of Warner has caption: "originator of the fox-trot." / Starmer., NIU copy., Staff notation.