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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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The end of a perfect day
music by Carrie Jacobs Bond ; words by J.P. McEvoy., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano, with cello obbligato., Drawing of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor / Ve Kd., They are coming home to the blare of bands., Staff notation.
Boy Scouts march
by Ella V. Herman., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Boy Scout troop marching through a forest. Some carrying American flags and some playing snare drums. The others carry spears., Staff notation.
Do your best
words & music by D.S. McCosh., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Woman wearing a toga and sandals sitting on a brick fence with a tree beside her and trees behind her. She points at a large sign with the title of the song written on it. Two rabbits are in front of the right corner of the sign., Sound the bugle call with its shrill piercing notes., Tell your sweetheart that you'll be true., "As sung by the Oliphant Sisters.", Staff notation.
Daddy, please, don't let them shoot you
words & music by J.O. Donovan., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Drawing of a girl saying goodbye to her father / De Takacs., A scene occured in Europe., Daddy, please don't let them shoot you., "Walton Process Chicago"--Page 5., Staff notation.
Give me a kiss by the numbers
by Lieut. Joseph F. Trounstine, U.S.R., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Three drawings of soldiers kissing a woman, one on the lips, one on the cheek, one on the hand / [rose symbol]., Illustrator's name represented by rose symbol on cover., Johnny joined the army to uphold democracy., Give me a kiss by the numbers., Also published for: band, orchestra, male quartette., NIU copy 1: Stamp on cover: "New music sample copy.", Staff notation.
Prepare the eagle to protect the dove
words by Harry T. Bunce ; music by Will Donaldson., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., "Dedicated with pride to the little patriot--Marjorie Sterrett"--Page 2., Eagle and a dove overlooking the ocean, with inset photograph of George Wilton Ballard. A long shield with the stars and stripes stands behind the eagle., America, America, you are the queen of earth., Prepare the eagle to protect the dove, is the battle cry of peace., "Sung by George Wilton Ballard, phonograph artist"--Cover., NIU copy., Staff notation.
A. Selvelli., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Laural wreath with a swastika attached to the bottom of it., Plate number: Edition Schott No. 06178., Staff notation.
Boys and girls march
by Eugene Mack., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., "Dedicated to the children of America.", "Walton Process Chicago"--Page 3., Children marching with Uncle Sam., Staff notation.
Boy in blue
words by Gordon V. Thompson ; music by Lewis Owen., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Woman wearing a hat and suit standing on a dock waving her white handkerchief towards a battleship sails away. A biplane flies over head., A happy pair they stroll along the shore., The moonbeams fall in silence on the sea., Staff notation.
Have a little regiment of your own
words and music by Percival Knight., piano, voice, From The better 'ole by Herman Darewski. Internet broadway database describes the work as a comedy with music., Title from caption., For voice and piano., Some say a tinker or a tailor makes a very good husband but you you can't tell till you've tried 'em., If you are a good little girl and marry a soldier you must live a military life., Photograph of Charles Coburn and his wife (Ivah Wills) from the play The better 'ole. On each side of the photograph is a drawing of a soldier. The one on the right is sitting with a picture of his girlfriend in his hand, smiling and smoking a cigarette. The soldier on the left is standing in a mud puddle in water up to his ankles in a rain storm., Staff notation.
Goodbye Kaiser Bill
words & music by J. L. Waldorf., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Drawing of Kaiser William from the waist up standing inside the open hatch of a submarine on the ocean. Three battleships are in the background., The Kaiser Bill was a mighty man and about four years ago., That it's good-bye Kaiser Bill., Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., Staff notation.
The fighting Navy of the U.S.A.
words by Chas. A. Snyder ; music by Stanley Henry., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Sailor standing on the ocean with a battleship firing rounds of amunition behind him. He has his hand to the side of his mouth and is calling, "Look after my folks.", We've sung about the Army., It is the Navy., "Navy Relief Society needs $2,000,000 will you help!", Staff notation.
America prepare
lyric by Elizabeth Herbert Childs ; music by Ribé Danmark., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Camped along the shore a soldier blows his bugle. Off shore are two ships and one airplane flying over head. The number "5" appears in the lower center cover. The initials LPN in lower right cover., You've seen our soldiers drill on their parade grounds., Let ev'-ry man know how to fight in battle., Publisher's advertisement on back cover: "Welcome honey to your old plantation home" with facsimile of sheet cover and excerpt of music., Staff notation.
The fighting 62nd infantry
words and music by Private Wm. Fitzgerald., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., United States flag waving with inset photo of Col. Lindsay / C. L. McQuaid S. F., We all belong to the sixty second infantry., For we are the sixty second infantry., "Dedicated to Chaplain Moissant.", Staff notation.
American Red Cross march
by Louis Panella., piano, Title from cover., For piano., "Respectfully dedicated to Mrs. Wm. T. Todd.", Red Cross nurse attends to a fallen soldier on a stretcher held by two medics near the battlefield. Behind them is a Red Cross ambulance., Staff notation.
Hands off the U.S.A.
words by George Garrett ; music by Ralph Keefer., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Cover is split into three horizontal panels, one red, one white, one blue. The top panel has an eagle. The bottom panel has a canon in the middle of it with soldiers standing at attention on each side of the canon. The soldiers are each holding up a sword / E.O. Hurst., We have heard alot about invading hosts., Oh say can you see., Staff notation.
Good luck to Johnny Canuck
words by Gertrude C. Knight ; music by Allan Hare., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Soldier standing at attention., Oh Johnny Canuck its your luck., Oh Johnny what luck Johnny., NIU copy: Sheet with the printed music is smaller than the folded cover sheet. May not be the original., Staff notation.
Hats off to dear old glory and hurrah for Uncle Sam
words and music by Charles M. McIntyre., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Uncle Sam carries the United States flag in a parade with small children. They are playing instruments, carrying a rifle and draggng a doll. Printed in blue and white., There is a day in the year., Hurrah for Uncle Samuel., "A military hit.", Staff notation.
All together
words by Henry F. Wells ; music by Dora E. Varney., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Army soldier and Navy sailor standing in front of a trunk with "War Chest" printed on it. Both of them are putting Liberty Bonds in the chest which sits on top of a stage behind them decorated with swag of stars and stripes., Your boy and my boy are fighting "Over there.", Your coin and my coin, we'll lend to Uncle Sam., Staff notation.
The angel God sent from heaven
words by Paul A. Smith & Robert Levenson ; music by Sgt. Frank L. Ventre., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Drawing of the head and shoulders of a Red Cross nurse with smaller drawings of a nurse on the battle field, an ambulence and soldiers in trenches / Dobinson Engr. Co., Boston., A mother sat and wrote a note of cheer to one so dear., God sent a shining angel to take your mother's place., At head of title: A mother's tribute to the Red Cross nurse., Staff notation.
Angel of Mons valse
by Paul Paree., piano, Title from cover., Waltz for piano., Warrior angel on a white horse holding up a sword rides over a battlefield., Staff notation.
Hail! to the stars and stripes
by Joseph M. Daly., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Shield of stars and stripes with a soldier on one side and a sailor on the other. Printed in red, white and blue / E.S. Fisher., Staff notation.
Another good man gone wrong
music by Nat Osborne ; words by Ballard MacDonald., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "As introduced in the big military review 'Atta boy' with Captain Frank Tinney and 100 overseas boys.", Verses 4-8 printed as text at end of score., Drawing of stylized white and orange flowers against a blue background., I know a private who had a girl, he couldn't hold her somehow., Another good man gone wrong., Staff notation.
Anthem of America
words & music by Mrs. Robert Smart., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Dedication quote: "Dedicated to the Fortieth Division of the United States National Army"--Cover., Statue of Liberty from the waist up in a round circle with the torch extending beyond the border of the circle. Printed in brown and white., God of our Fathers., Staff notation.
Antonio, my boy
Italian waltz song by Joseph B. Carey., piano, voice, Title from cover., Waltz for voice and piano., Inset photograph of Elise Schuyler with a view of Venice behind her and a gondola / LE Morgan., Antonio, he go across the sea., When he go 'way, I cry for him., "Successfully featured by Elise Schuyler.", Staff notation.