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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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Hurrah for the heroes of the sea
words and music Violet E. Lunkley., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Arranged by Gallur., "Dedicated to the Navy boys.", Photo of a Navy warship. Below is a photo of the composer between two crossed American flags. Stars are sprinkled around the photos. Printed in red, white and blue., Out upon the ocean blue., Then hurrah for the brave sailor lads., Staff notation.
Any old jay can get a girl today
words by William Jerome ; music by Seymour Furth., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., At head of title: The new comedy sensation., Old man fashionably dressed with a top hat wearing spats surrounded by three young women also very fashionably dressed / Barbelle., There was a time when ev'ry girl was very hard to suit., Any old jay can get a girl today., NIU copy: "Sample copy" stamped on cover., Staff notation.
Are you half the man your mother thought you'd be?
words by Leo Wood ; music by Harry De Costa., piano, voice, Cover title., For voice and piano., At head of title: The song you've been reading about., Inset circle with an illustration of a mother reading to her small son against a sea of portraits of men. These include George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt., Have you ever stopped to think of how you sat at mother's knee., Have you kept your promise to her., 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.
At the Yankee military ball
by Howard Johnson and Harry Jentes., piano, voice, Last night, some sight I saw down the bay., There were swell Marines in fighting jeans., Title from cover., For voice and piano., Five couples dancing, men representing different branches of the military and women wearing hats with red crosses on them. Behind them is an inset drawing of a warship out a window. At the bottom of the page is an inset photo of Artie Mellinger., Staff notation.
At the front of the battles you found us
words and music by Charles Thomas; arranged by W. H. Banks., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to the Army and Navy of the U.S.A.", Medallion with a sailor between two crossed American flags. Below is a strip of five allied flags, two American, with soldiers of the four different countries represented standing underneath of them as follows: the United States, France, Kingdom of Italy, Great Britain, United States. A black soldier stands under the second of the two American flags on the far right., At the front of the battles you found us., The boys are coming, coming home., Staff notation.
Au revoir
words by Will D. Cobb; melody by Gus Edwards., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Head of a young woman viewed from the side / K., Dear heart dawn is nigh., Au revoir., Staff notation.
Au revoir, but not good-bye (soldier boy)
words by Lew Brown; music by Albert Von Tilzer., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Side view of a soldier and his girlfriend standing in front of each other holding hands and saying good-bye. A large orange heart is between them. Printed in brown, gray, white and orange / E. E. Walton., So you're leaving me today, Soldier boy., "Au revoir" but not "Good-by," Soldier boy., Staff notation.
Gee, but it's good to get home
words by O.G. Griswold; music by Jane Jewett Draper., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to the National Guard.", Photograph of a victory parade of an unidentified army unit on a city street. Framed in an ornamental border with acanthus and shields of stars and stripes / E. S. Fisher., He answered the call of his nation's head., Gee, but it's good to get home, dear, Back from the Rio Grande., Advertisements for "Caroline, I'm coming back to you" on p. 4., 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.
I'll do without meat, I'll do without wheat, but I can't do without love
words by Arthur J. Lamb; music by Frederick V. Bowers., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Large shield with the head of a woman and the title of the song against a blue background. Inset photo with caption: "Sung with great success by the composer Frederick V. Bowers." Shield is surrounded by a red background with wheat and cows., Said Mary to John without any doubt., I can do without this., 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.
Festouverture ueber Deutschland Deutschland ueber alles
von E. Meinardus., piano, Title from cover., For piano., German soldiers looking up at a woman on a pedestal wearing a cloak, holding a laurel wreath in one hand and holding up a sword in another. Behind her head of long flowing hair is a shield with the coat of arms of Germany. At her feet is a shield with a double-eagle. Red swastikas line the left and right sides of the cover. Cover printed in red, black and white., "Walton Process Chicago."--Page 7., Staff notation.
Co. F. 3d Illinois Infantry
by Pvt. Claude Pampel., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., Arranged by Jas. O. Scott., "Dedicated to Co. F. 129th U.S.N.G. A.E.F. France"--Page 2., Regiment of soldiers marching down the road led by their commanding officer. The first soldier behind him carries an American flag., Staff notation.
He's doing his bit
words by Bert Hanlon; music by Harry von Tilzer; introduced by Florence Tempest, late of Tempest and Sunshine., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Photograph of a teenage boy dressed in a suit and tie with a boutineer in the top button hole relaxing on the window sill. He wears a Gatsby newsboy cap and has a cigarette in his mouth. The illustration behind him is of a man and woman embracing in a room with an open window. A regiment of soldiers is marching by outside., Now little Willie Newton knew his country was recruitin., He's doing his bit for the girls., Staff notation.
Good-bye my girl
words by Paul McAllister; music by Margaret McKinney., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., "Dedicated to the 305th Infantry"--Page 2., Photograph Corinne Griffith and Webster Campbell, Vitagraph stars, in farewell pose., Our country's call has rung out to all, Goodbye my girl we are marching off to war., NIU copy., Staff notation.
The greatest lad we've ever had
words by Gordon Johnstone; music by Geoffrey O'Hara., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Photograph of Edward, Prince of Wales., When you're looking for a man to lead the Empire to her goal., For the greatest lad we've ever had is a lad we're glad to see., Staff notation.
Good-bye boys
music by Harry Von Tilzer; words by Andrew B. Sterling & William Jerome., piano, voice, "Dedicated to Edwin A. Starn.", Title from cover., For voice and piano., Inset photo of Al Jolson in blackface makeup. Small inset photo of publisher Harry Von Tilzer. Printed in orange and green with flower designs / Gene Buck., Good-bye old pals I'm going far away., Goodbye boys., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Good-bye Europe!
words by Annie Stein; music by E.S.S. Huntington., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Regiment of mounted soldiers led by their commanding officer on a white horse crossing an open plain. Inset illustration of a soldier kissing his girlfriend., Goodbye, Europe we're going home., Homeward! Oh homeward! We're marching., NIU copy., Staff notation.
The dove of peace
words by Vincent Bryan ; music by Harry von Tilzer., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Uncle Sam is standing on the North American continent holding a peace dove up in front of him and is about to release it. On the continent of Europe behind him fires are raging as a battle is fought by infantry soldiers., Hark! I hear voices calling., Many poor hearts are aching over the sea., NIU copy., Staff notation.
The boys in khaki
words and music by M.E. Rich., piano, voice, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Line of infantry soldiers dressed in khaki uniforms stand at attention holding their rifles across their chests. To the side an officer dressed in a khaki uniform holds his hat to his side and salutes them with his other hand., Each canton is a busy place, with its thousands of soldier men., Hurrah for the boys in khaki! Hurrah for the cause of right!, Includes arrangement for 4-part men's voices (p. 5)., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Clear the way
lyric by Henry Erskine Smith ; music by Frederick J. Bacon and E.O. Winship., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Soldiers on horseback surrounded by bomb bursts; red, white, and blue border., Uncle Sam has given us the signal., Now my boys for a cheer that will ring from sea to sea., Chorus text printed on cover., NIU copy., Staff notation.