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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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From Ocean to Ocean
F. H. Losey., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Warships sailing on the ocean / Dittmar and Furman., Staff notation.
France
words and music by Florence M. Benjamin ; arranged by Jules Brazil., piano, voice, Title from cover., Waltz for voice and piano., French flag with a fleur-de-lis on each side of it., France, France, France, land of the fleur de lis., France, dear old France., Staff notation.
Good bye France! Hello Miss Liberty!
words by John Edward Wilson ; music by Homer A. Rodeheaver., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Ship full of retuning soldiers sailing into New York Harbor past the Statue of Liberty., Five millions of Yankees apart were set to cancel our debt to brave Lafayette., Then, good by, France, Hello Miss Liberty!, Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., Staff notation.
F-r-a-n-c-e
words by Evelyn G. Corrigan ; music by N. Greyton Peck., piano, voice, Arranged by Wm. D. Sabin., For voice and piano., Title from cover., Regiment of American soldiers. One soldier is marching behind a white horse and carrying the American flag. The white horse is ridden by a man dressed in 18th century French military attire., Long years ago a country came to aid old U.S.A., "F" stands for friendship that will surely stand the test., Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., Staff notation.
France and England I'm a-talkin' to you
by Lucile Rogers and Albert Frasher., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Inset photo of Gen. Pershing surrounded by drawing of a pot with a flowering vine that surrounds the photo. Photo has caption: "To the boys of the U.S.A." / H. Reichard., Over there we sent a Pershing man., Now France and England we're a-talk-in to you., NIU copy: Measures 5-6 and 23 mutilated., Staff notation.
Girls of America
lyrics by Edgar Leslie & Bert Kalmar ; music by Harry Ruby., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., A man dressed in a white tux with black tie and woman dressed for a dance stand by a window, as soldiers march by outside / by Barbelle., Girls were made to love and respect, girls were made to love and protect., Girls of America, we all depend on you to shun ev'ryone who won't shoulder a gun., Staff notation.
Heap much salute not plenty shoot
lyric by W. H. Pease ; music by W. H. Pease., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Indian chief with a rifle with a bayonet capturing German soldiers in trenches on the war front., A grand son of old Sitting Bull enlisted with the Yanks., English, French and Italian man., Staff notation.
Hello! Gen'ral Pershing
by Lew Porter., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Portrait drawing of General Pershing / de Takacs., Shades of night are falling., Hello! Gen'ral Pershing., Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., 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.
Hipp, hipp, hipp, hurrah!
von Georg Kunoth, op. 24., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Portrait drawing of Wilhelm II surrounded by foliage with caption: "Wilhelm II., Deutscher Kaiser und König von Preussen, Geb. 27. Januar 1859." Banner above him reads, "Wir halten fest und treu zusammen!", Lasst tönen laut den frohen Sang hinaus in alle Welt., Es soll Begeist' rung uns entflammen, hipp, hipp, hurrah, hipp, hipp, hurrah., Staff notation.
England's daughter and a scrap of paper
words by Rich. L. Werry ; music by G. Harold Brown, A.R.C.O., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Inset photo of men at war front with the chrous of the song printed underneath it. Above the photo is the caption: "A tribute to our defenders on the firing line.", Old England has a daughter fair., Twas a little scrap of paper., "One half of the profits of this song will be donated to patriotic and charitable funds.", Staff notation.
Good-bye girlie
words and music by Gerald Fitzgerald., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Photo of Miss Ora Carew standing in front of a young soldier resting her left hand on his shoulder and holding a large hat in her right. She is dressed in a skirt and blouse with ruffles. Photo has caption: "Especially posed by Miss Ora Carew.", Sweetheart why are you softly sighing?, Girlie, I must leave you for far away., Staff notation.
Hindenburg blues
words and melody by Sanders Reynolds ; arranged by Ethel Alcorn., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to the Colored Troops of the U.S.A."--Page 2., Kaiser William II, Paul von Hindenburg and Erich Ludendorff lying in a large bed being attacked by birds. One of the birds sitting on the bedpost has an American flag in its mouth. Inset photo of Sanders Reynolds., Ole mammy Snow who's 'bout seventy fo'., If de Kaiser, Ludendorff and Mister Hindenburg., Staff notation.
Go over the top with Reilly
words by Thomas P. Hoier and Jos. M. Leahan ; music by Al. W. Brown., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Inset photo of Patricola. Photo is set in a background with drawings of soldiers chasing enemy soldiers who are running away in fear, soldiers wearing gas masks taking a soldier in a trench as a prisoner and a quartet of soldiers singing / Starmer., Who's the greatest Irishman that's in the rank and file., Go over the top with Reilly for Reilly knows the way., Staff notation.
Gee, but it's great to be a soldier
by Geo. B. Mann., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Smiling soldier enveloped in the American flag saluting with a military camp behind him., We are soldier boys., Gee but it's great to be a soldier., Staff notation.
Hoover Hooverize
by Mrs. Melrose Scales., piano, voice, Title from cover., Waltz for voice and piano., "Approved by United States Food Administration.", "Dedicated by permission to Hon Herbert C. Hoover.", Shield with the American stars and stripes and a bald eagle resting on the banner with the title of the song., The boys of our country have gone to fight for you and me., We'll Hoover Hooverize., Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site., Staff notation.
Ev'ry-thing is going up
lyric by Stanley Murphy ; music by Albert Gumble., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Explosion of red and blue fireworks., When I was just a little kidlet once upon atime., Ev'rything is going up, going up., Staff notation.
Hustle rustle tussle muscle
lyric by J. W. Spencer ; music by Herman A. Hummel., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Ev'ry country likes the hustling Yankee boy.", Eagle flying swiftly across the sky followed by a biplane. Below this scene is a drawing of a young American man in a suit, tie, and hat. He is carrying a duffel bag. Behind him is a dial with five notches containing drawings of men from England, France, Germany, China and Australia., Oh you Yankee boy., Hustle, rustle, tussle, muscle., Staff notation.
The boys we love
words by Sgt. W. E. Turley, First Canadian Division ; music by Edgar W. Ruff., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to Private Jack Canuck - God bless him.", Soldiers engaged in trench warfare with guns with bayonets., Soldier boys you know., Canada Canada we are all for you., Staff notation.
The girl who wears a red cross on her sleeve
words and music by William Mahoney., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for solo voice with piano., Red Cross nurse cradling an injured soldier in her arms. The two figures are superimposed in front of a large red cross / E.H. Pfeiffer., There's a gray haired mother in a far off town., There's a girl at the front among the soldiers., Staff notation.
Goodbye, Jennie dear
words by Dick Howard ; music by Harry Jentes., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Young woman dressed in two piece dress with large hat decorated with bows and roses sitting on a tree swing in a garden. Her elbow rests on her lap and her hand is on her chin. Her young soldier boyfriend rests his knee on the swing behind her and bends over to talk to her / Scott and Van Altena., Softly the moonlight is shining., Oh, Jennie dear tonight we're parting., Staff notation.
The emblem of liberty
W. H. Haycraft, composer., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Inset photo of the composer in a shield of blue and white stripes set against a background of red and white stripes. The inset photo is framed by the words "1917 Hits.", A little boy said grandpa., Stars and stripes is sure a good name., Staff notation.
When I hear a gun I'm going to run back home to Tennesee
lyrics by Carter De Haven ; music by Carter De Haven and Dave Stamper., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Blackface entertainer running from a cannon being fired by a soldier behind him., Talk about the war., For when I hear a gun I'm going to run back home to Tennessee., Staff notation.
Beneath the battle fields of France a boy lies sleeping
words & music by Nellie Dean., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "In memory of our gallant boys who always will remain somewhere in France"--Caption., Cemetery with two graves each adorned with a large American flag. Crosses bear their names and each is hung with a wreath., A pretty cottage in the country stands unfinished, the walls are up, the roof is on, the porch is there., Beneath the battle fields of France a boy lies sleeping., Staff notation.
Don't forget the folks at home
music and words by Lu Ring., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Army tents with a flag framed by a silhouette with a soldier standing with his rifle on one side and a woman standing reading a letter on the other side. A circle in the middle shows a large house with trees and a stone fence and an American flag above it., Banners waving troops are on parade, The camp is all aglow with the smiles of man and maid., Don't forget the folks at home, Don't forget the days gone by, Remember the hearts that are acheing today, Thinking of you 'tho far away., Staff notation.