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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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Decoration day
by Hugo Hamlin and Andrew J. Dinegan., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Respectfully dedicated to the G.A.R."--Caption., An old soldier, wearing the medal and uniform of the Grand Army of the Republic and missing his right hand, casts his gaze downward as he rests his left hand on the shoulder of a young soldier who looks up at him and salutes him. An American flag is in the background., On Decoration Day every one seem'd gay., When I hear the bugle calling., Staff notation.
French lyric by Gustave Rivet ; English translation by Milton Goldsmith ; music by Ruggiero Leoncavallo., piano, voice, Title from caption., For voice and piano., "Respectfully dedicated to Monsieur Raymond Poincaré, President of the French Republic.", Man wearing a loincloth made out of the French flag holding a French flag in one hand and sword in the other. He is standing with one foot on a vanquished foe and looking up to the heavens., Advance, oh soldiers to the battle., Hurrah! Bravely advance! Hurrah!, Text in English and French., Staff notation.
Cheer up the sun will soon be shining
By Andrew B. Sterling, Bernie Grossman and Arthur Lange., Piano., Voice., Title from cover., For voice and piano., Photograph of Bob Hall with an illustration of a smiling young woman from the shoulders up surrounded by liles with the sun behind her., Ev'ry little girl that's lonely., Cheer up, the sun will soon be shining., Staff notation.
Daddy is home again
Lyrics by M. Edith Gordon ; music by Clay Smith., Piano., Voice., Title from cover., For voice and piano., Parlor with an open window looking with a view out to a pond with a swan and trees. A mother sitting in a chair holds her baby that is sitting on a table with the father looking on., Dear little lad with the sunny smile., So we'll sail away to the land of dreams., Staff notation.
Swat the bugaboo
Words and music by Estelle Gray-Lhevinne and Mischa Lhevinne., For medium voice and piano., Caption title., Statue of Liberty with Uncle Sam's arm holding a club above the head of a large bug wearing a crown., Now 'cross the sea is a bugaboo., Swat the bugaboo, autocratic power., "Simply a marching song."--Cover., "What a bugaboo is, to us!" on p. [4]., Staff notation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good-bye my soldier boy, good-bye
words by Adam S. Moore; music by Robert Marlowe Jandus., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Soldier standing at attention with his rifle over his shoulder. Behind him a regiment of soldiers is marching off to war. Inset photo of unidentified young woman wearing a wide brimmed hat covered with feathers., Tramp, tramp, tramp the boys come marching., Goodbye, my soldier boy, goodbye., Staff notation.
As our president comes sailing home
words by Edith Rojean Orne; music by George Lowell Tracy., piano, voice, Title from cover., For high voice and piano with trumpet and bells., At head of title: The National Peace Song., Ship at sea with peace dove flying over head framed with laurel branches / E.S. Fisher., Accompanied by publisher's flyer with supplementary "A League of Nations" for four voices. Words by Edith Rojean Orne to the tune of "John Brown's Body.", Have you heard the song they're singing all the world around?, Then we'll rally, rally, rally!, Staff notation.
At a port
by L. W. Lewis., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., "To my son"--page 2., Inset photograph of a boy holding an ax dressed in a military style shirt and short pants. An illustration of a ship on the water is behind him and further in the distance is a fort with a setting sun on the horizon., Staff notation.
Hurrah for old glory
words and music by F. Clayton Lampham., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Uncle Sam is waving his hat in salute. Printed in red, white and blue., There's a flag that has waved in glory., Hurrah for old glory the emblem of the free., "The song that every American should know.", Staff notation.
Aviation song
by Gertrude Buck., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Biplanes flying over snow covered mountains with areas of pine forest., How your heart thrills and stirs when your little engine purrs., And we'll be flying, flying, flying way up in the air., NIU copy., Staff notation.
The assembly
by Fred. W. Hager, composer of "The wild flower dance suite" etc., piano, Title from cover., For piano., "Dedicated to the boys and girls of the public schools of America.", Shield with the stars and stripes surrounded by three circles with pictures of a small house, a boy dressed in a sailor suit blowing a trumpet and the front of a school building with a sign "Public School no. 57" / E.H. Pfeiffer., Staff notation.