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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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After the war is over
words by Frederick H. Green ; music by Arthur A. Penn., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Columbia standing on the earth holding a torch in one hand and two peace doves on reins in the other / E. H. Pfeiffer., Safe in our own dear country., After the war is over., Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., Staff notation.
Allies' chorus
words and music by Jack Bullough., piano, voice, Composer is pianist, Winnipeg Theatre Orchestra., Title from cover., For voice and piano., Also includes C-A-N-A-D-I-A-N-S / by Jack Bullough., List to the nation's call., Boys of the allies we., Inset photo of composer with series of small photos depicting costumes of allied countries. Printed in purple ink / photo C.B.W. Winnipeg., "Sung by Mrs. R.H. Graham under the auspices of the Girls' Auxiliary R.S.A.", Staff notation.
My Alsace Lorraine
words by L. Wolfe Gilbert ; music by Lewis F. Muir., piano, voice, Title from caption., For voice and piano., Two Flags crossed, one of France (Mother's Land) and Third Reich (Father's Land) with a young man looking at the two and scratching his head. Bust of young woman above the two flags labeled "Alsace Lorraine" / De Takacs., Publisher's advertisements include portions of: I had a gal, I had a pal (He stole my gal away) / Lewis F. Muir and L. Wolfe Gilbert. Heavy on the catsup : rag / by Lewis F. Muir. Camp meeting band / Lewis F. Muir and L. Wolfe Gilbert., There's a big bound'ry line in my heart., Alsace Lorraine on to Paris or Berlin., Staff notation.
Airship "Cannonball" is leaving
by Jess R. Batt., piano, voice, Publisher's advertisement on verso of p. 3 has incipits for piano pieces: Victor ragtime band / music by Alphonse E. Bohrer ; words by Julius C. Spiro. Chopsticks : the Chinese one step / John Wentholt. Swiss cheese rag / by Alphonse E. Bohrer. Frasquita tango / by W. Buse. Sous le feuillage / by W. Buse. Scherzo romantico / by Alphonse E. Bohrer. Harmony waltz / by Alphonce Bohror [sic]., Title from cover., March for voice and piano., monoplanes flying over ocean with ship, cheering crowd on U.S. shore, two men in France looking up with binoculars., Hark amidst the throng of cheers., Come on across, come on across, General Pershing's calling me., "The first and only original aviation war song success!", Also published under different title: Come over., Staff notation.
All aboard for home sweet home
words by Addison Burkhart ; music by Al Piantadosi and Jack Glogau., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Soldiers boarding a steamship; hovering in the background is the Statue of Liberty / Starmer., Cheer up mothers, dry your tears he's coming back to you., All aboard for home sweet home again to the girl I left behind., Staff notation.
A message from the good old U.S.A.
words by Frank Glasner ; music by E. S. S. Huntington., piano, voice, Title from caption, March for voice and piano., Uncle Sam in soldier's uniform holding a sword in his left hand while writing the title of the song on the background above his head with his right hand. An eagle with wings depicting the stars and stripes of the American flag flies at his waist / Thiele., Entwine the flag of dear old England., So entwine the flags of all the Allies., Staff notation.
Red Cross volunteer
words and music by E. Paul Kaps., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Photo of a Red Cross Nurse sitting at a table holding up a newspaper with the caption "New War Photos." Flaming torches with acanthus motifs frame the sides of the photo., You have heard of Europe's war., For I'm a Red Cross volunteer., Staff notation.
"Buy a Liberty bond"
Zeph Fitzgerald., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Soldier grasping the arm of a German soldier who is on his knees in front of him. The German soldier is grasping the arm of a woman who is pulled down to the ground beside him. A dead young girl lies naked next to the German soldier and woman., Can't you hear your country's call?, Buy a Liberty bond go buy it., Staff notation.
The battle ship rag
words and music by Thos. S. Allen., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Respectfully dedicated to Col. Benter, Bandmaster (R.I.)"--Caption., Battleship on the open sea with border made up of columns with American flags and shields with dolphins and anchors., Down in the bay., See those sailors when they get on shore., Staff notation.
Don't forget the boys
words and music by Sidney Greene., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Uncle Sam stands on the steps of the United States Captiol building holding a flyer with the word "bonus" on it. Behind him is a crowd of war veterans, some disabled from fighting in the war., Just to refreshen your mem'ry., The navy did their bit on the water., "Dedicated to the Veterans of the World War.", Staff notation.
Black Jack
by Fred K. Huffer., piano, Title from cover., For piano., "Respectfully dedicated to Gen. John J. Pershing, U.S.A.", Portrait photo of Gen. Pershing with an illustration of figures from a marching band, a drum major and four instrumentalists., Staff notation.
British boys
words and music by A. G. E. Lowman ; arr. by W. M. Miles., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., "Dedicated to patriotic purposes.", Large oval with a photograph of trench warfare, soldiers firing at the enemy, explosions, a wounded soldier leaning on a fellow soldier. Oval is framed by rifles with bayonets, hats, swords and canon shells., They came from the plains and the highlands., Our soldier ladies in khaki., Staff notation.
Brothers-in-arms
by Theo Bonheur., piano, Title from cover., For piano., Three soldiers wearing different uniforms standing in a semi-circle shoulder to shoulder holding their rifles with bayonets., Staff notation.
The battle line of liberty
by Louis S. Florence., piano, Title from cover, Arranged for piano., Depicts a ground battle with soldiers and a nurse to the side of the fighting with a patient. Bi-planes fly overhead and Lady Liberty stands with an American flag that flies over the ground fighting., Staff notation.
The best old flag that floats
words and music by Frank J. Kelley ; arranged by A.B. Cole., piano, voice, Title from cover., Marches for voice and piano., "March song"--caption., American eagle with a shining sun behind it perched in the middle of two crossed poles with American flags., There she waves on high unfurl'd to the sky., 'Tis the best old flag that floats., Staff notation.
The birth of a nation
music by Joseph M. Daly ; words by Thos. S. Allen., piano, voice, 'Twas in the year of seventy six at Independence Hall., 'Twas the birth of a nation called the U.S.A., Title from cover., For voice and piano., Lady Liberty, or Columbia, is suspended in the clouds holding up an American flag as a backdrop behind her. She has a headband inscribed "Liberty" / E.H. Pfeiffer, N.Y., Advertising includes no musical incipits.
Battle of the Marne
by J. Luxton., piano, Caption title., For piano., A scene picturing trench warfare with a biplane and an airship in the sky. Soldiers are rushing the trenches. The border of the cover is made up of a helmet and swords with various national flags / Al. Barbelle., Publisher's advertisement on verso of p. 5 has incipits of sixteen piano pieces: By the sea : reverie / Leander Fisher. Rose waltz : standard / W.C. Powell. Little soldier march : school march / W.C. Powell. Twilight shadows : reverie / Jerome Heller. Love's whispering : waltzes / L. Gould. Twinkling stars : three-step / Jerome Heller. Reflections : reverie / Jerome Heller. Beautiful tho'ts of love / Jerome Heller. Greyhound march / John Parker. Con amore : valse hesitation / W.C. Powell. Vision waltz : reverie-waltz / J. Holfman. Rippling waters : caprice / Wm. T. Pierson. Battle in the sky : march / J. Luxton. Valse Estelle / E. Goldston. Evening prayer : reverie / L. Gould. Twittering birds : reverie / John J. Fitzpatrick., Soldiers' prayer before the siege -- The sound of distant guns -- The call to arms -- Cavalry call -- Gunners rush to their posts -- Army corps approaching in the distance -- Gradually getting in line -- Infantry marching in perfect order -- Field guns -- Rain of shrapnel -- Machine guns -- Groans of the dying -- Battle rages with terrible fierceness., Includes a verse from the poem: A ballad of Sarsfield / by Aubrey Thomas De Vere., Staff notation.
Here we are Lafayette
words and music by C. Arthur Pfeiffer., piano, voice, Title from cover., Regiment of soldiers with an American flag marching down a street in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background. A gentleman watching from the side of the street is waving his top hat and calling out as they pass by., Staff notation., Publisher's advertisements on verso of page 3 include musical incipits: There's a light shining bright in the window tonight. Now I lay me down to sleep : just a little prayer, for a boy over there. I'll keep your little garden green. We're going over (the original).
Do your bit
by Gordon V. Thompson., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Arranged by Jules Brazil., Photograph with caption: "Sir Sam Hughes leaving flag ship" / H.D.W., Millions now are needed of munitions men and gold., Come do your bit for the cause that is right!, Staff notation.
Betsy Ross
words by Bartley Costello ; music by J. Fred. Helf., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano; arrangement for male quartette arranged by Theo. Westman p. 5., Young woman in a white dress holding onto a flag pole flying an American flag / De Takacs., Betsy Ross the flag is flying high., Betsy Ross don't be cross., Advertising includes musical incipits for "My love is greater than the world" by J. Fred Helf., 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.
Call to the colors
by Theo. Hoffmann., piano, "Respectfully Dedicated to The National Guard."--Caption., Title from cover., For piano., Soldier blowing a bugle., Staff notation.
Calling the Kaiser's bluff
words by Will F. Gray ; music by P. Hans Flath., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Rectangle with a large middle image flanked by two smaller ones. The middle has an image of a Revolutionary War era fife and drum corps. The left has a silhouette of a woman, Lady Justice, holding a set of scales, as a regiment of soldiers marches past her. The right has a silhouette of the Statue of Liberty with the Manhattan skyline behind her., Our Woodrow tried in ev'ry way to keep us out of war., Say Mister Kaiser Bill you'll get your fill when our boys go to France., Staff notation.
Chase the Kaiser!
words and music by Porter Emerson Browne., piano, voice, Title from caption., For voice and piano., Caption illustration: Group of children holding bonds chasing the Kaiser., Save ev'ry penny until you have many and buy a Liberty Bond., "C. Thomas, music designer.", 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.