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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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Cheer up Tommy Atkins
lyric by Will J. Hart ; music by Edw. G. Nelson., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Two smiling soldiers in the foreground with a regiment of soldiers marching in the background. The soldiers in the background are not smiling and happy / E.E. Walton., Somewhere afloat, aboard a boat, there is a Yankee bunch., Cheer up, Tommy Atkins., NIU copy., 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.
Davy of the Navy
words and music by Harold Dixon., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Sailor climbing up the rope ladder of a ship with a smoke stack bellowing out smoke below him. A life preserver hangs on the ladder. An American flag flies behind him., For he's a sailor of the U.S.A., Oh Davy of the Navy you're a wonderful, wonderful boy., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Cheer for the boys of the U.S.A
words by Nell Burrows-Hamilton ; music by Henry H. Prather, M. Hayes Prather., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Columbia holds a saber in her right hand and points up to the title of the song with her left hand. Two bi-planes are flying over her head. The background is formed by a blue starburst., First line of lyric: In foreign land some ladies are fighting gallantly, Let us cheer for the boys of the U.S.A., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Daddy, I want to go
lyric by Lieutenant Joseph F. Dunn ; music by Eddie Stembler., piano, voice, Arranged by Fredric Watson., Title from cover., For voice and piano., Small boy dressed in a sailor suit is standing on a dock saying good-bye to his father who is dressed in a sailor's uniform and holding a rifle. In the background is a small boat with sailors being transported to the warship anchored offshore. Inset photo of Grace La Rue and an unidentified officer / E.H. Pfeiffer., Listen to the war drums beat., Daddy, daddy, I want to go., "As sung by Grace La Rue.", "Dedicated to the Naval Militia of the State of New York"--Page 4 of cover., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Democracy
words by Arthur Price ; music by Ike Jutras., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Shield encloses an inset photo of Norman Stanley with the Primrose Four and illustrations of the Liberty Bell and the Kaiser on his throne toppled over with the throne on top of him. His crown has rolled off his head and onto the ground. Around the shield are bi-planes and exploding bombs. In the left corner there is a commanding officer leading his troops into battle on horseback. In the right corner there is a cemetery scene., Now our country is at war., D-E-M-O-C-R-A-C-Y., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Democracy forever
by Neil Moret., piano, Title from cover., Arranged by J. Bodewalt Lampe., March for piano., Columbia blowing a long necked trumpet with a bald eagle beside her. In the background the sun is rising / Starmer, NIU copy., Staff notation.
By order of the King
by Albert E. MacNutt and M.F. Kelly, authors of "We'll never let the old flag fall.", piano, voice, At head of title: sung with great success by Donald C. MacGregor, Hartwell DeMille, H. Ruthven McDonald, Howard Russell and other leading vocalists., Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Printed in red, white and blue, picture of King George V., The Empire's pride, stand side by side, upon the battlefield., By order of the King, (God bless him)., NIU copy., 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.
And then she'd knit, knit, knit
lyric by Ed. Moran ; music by Harry Von Tilzer., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Photograph of a young woman within a border, seated in a whicker arm hair knitting; a basket of yarn and dog is near her feet, while trees (colored with red leaves) surround her; threads drawn from the knitting activity lead to the outside of the border where, in the lower left corner, several men hold on to the string and gaze at her admiringly / E.H. Pfeiffer. Thumbnail photograph of Harry Von Tilzer on cover near center at bottom., Pretty little Kitty's got the patriotic craze knitting scarfs for soldiers day and night, He'd take a hug then he'd hug her some more while she'd knit knit knit knit knit, NIU copy., Staff notation.
Buy American!
words by Al Lewis ; music by Al Sherman., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Uncle Sam is pointing to the title "Buy American!" with all sorts of consumer goods in the background including shoes, hats, canes, dresses, rings, tables, chairs and cigarettes / Leff., If you want to cheer up the red, white and blue, First line of lyric: There's a brand new slogan, NIU copy., Staff notation.
Be a good scout
lyric by Stanley Murphy ; music by Harry Carroll., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Photo of a troop of scouts marching against a yellow and white background / Starmer., First line of lyric: Little bright eyed laddie said to his dear old daddy, Be a good scout, throw your chest out, NIU copy., Staff notation.
The best old flag on earth
words and music by Charles F. Harrison., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., British flag forms the cover., Though England's foes may assail her, though the war clouds hang around., Then give three cheers, three British cheers for the old red, white and blue., "Dedicated to the Canadian overseas contingents.", NIU copy., Staff notation.
Betty's basting belly bands for Belgians
words by Chas. Roy Cox ; music by Dick Lerch., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Young woman sitting in a whicker armchair with sewing on her lap. Inset photo of Steve Berrian., Now ev'rybody's heard about the war across the sea., For Betty's basting belly bands for Belgians., NIU copy., 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.
Father will be with us soon
words by Major H.H. Skerrett, Jr. ; music by Ballard MacDonald and Nat. Osborne., piano, voice, From the musical Atta Boy., Title from caption., Waltz for voice and piano., Soldier standing at attention with two adoring daughters looking up at him, one on his left and one on his right / Barbelle., Johnny my boy, you're my pride and my joy., But father will be with us soon., The cover advertises the musical comedy, Atta Boy: words by Ballard MacDonald ; music by Nat Osborne. The sensational Army production played and produced by the soldier boys of Q.M.C. Camp Meigs. Col. D H Gienty, Commanding Officer, Q.M.C. U.S.A. Camp Meigs, Washington, D.C. Staged by Dan Doddy.", NIU copy., Staff notation.
Farewell Mother
lyric by Ray Gibbons ; music by Thos. J. Flanagan., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Soldier saying goodby to his mother at the picket fence gate; a ghostly image of another soldier taps the first on the soldier. A red flag with two blue stars on a white field flies at the corner of the house / Starmer., Mother dear, I must be leaving., Farewell, Mother, I hate to say good-bye to you., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Ev'ry time she hears the band play
by James W. Casey., piano, voice, "Sample copy.", Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Older woman seated in an armchair wearing a shaw and apron, holding a basket of mending in her lap and photograph of a soldier. On the table next to her are books and scissors. Inset photo of soldiers in parade going down the street of a large city., They marched away with flags a-flying., Ev'ry time she hears the band play., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Ev'ry Sammy needs his smokin' over there
lyric by Richard Pasco ; music by Monte Carlo & Alma Sanders., piano, voice, Title from cover., Marches for voice and piano., Shield containing a large image of a soldier wearing a hat smoking a cigarette. In the background is a silhouette of a scene with soldiers fighting on a front line. Inset photo of Eddie McGrath with caption "Introduced by Eddie McGrath.", I have just received a letter., So let us all go and buy tobacco., "Dedicated to the U.S. Soldiers Tobacco Fund.", "Cover design by Lew W. Tower.", NIU copy., Staff notation.
Everybody loves a soldier boy
words & music by J.W. Dick., piano, voice, "Sample copy.", Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Arranged by Harry Collins., Newspaper boy shouting and running with a pile of newspapers under one arm and holding out a newspaper with the other that has "Extra! WAR!" on the front page. The shadow of the boy and the newspaper fills the background., Down the street there comes a weird cry., Ev'rybody loves a soldier boy., NIU copy., Staff notation.
"Everybody's happy now"
by Kendis, Brockman & Vincent., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Victory parade, with men, women, soldiers and musicians; participants carry signs "Democracy", "Spirit of the U.S.A.", "Freedom" and "Liberty." With inset portrait of Wellington Cross with caption: "Introduced with great success by Wellington Cross.", Oh what welcome news., Ev'rybody's happy., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Every girl is knitting
featured and written by Hawley & Bellaire in Supreme Vaudeville., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Photo of a young woman in wide-brimmed hat wearing pearls and holding a bouqet of roses. The photo is signed "Celebrity, Chicago." Two balls of unwound yarn and knitting needles with a work in progress frame the photo., It's dandy just to see the soldier heroes march away., So every girl is knitting for some mother's son in France., NIU copy., Staff notation.