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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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Le clown-prince
texte et musique de Schaunard., piano, voice, Title from cover., Date from inserted leaf with lyrics., For voice and piano., "Au plus grand criminel de tours les temps.", Crown Prince Wilhelm depicted as a butcher standing by the window of a butcher shop. He holds a long knife in his left hand which he rests against the window sill standing upright. Inside the shop another butcher wearing a Prussian military helmet is cutting up the body of a man. The pieces are laying on the window sill. Both men are covered in blood. "Boucherie Hohenzollern" is written above the head of the Crown-Prince / Juliry(?)., Je n'sais si vos êt's comm' moi maisen l'all'magne je vois un'ménag'rie., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Spirit of France waltz
by Claude Elam., piano, voice, Title from cover., Waltz for piano., Adapted from the World War I poster "All for One and One for All! Vive la France!" by James Montgomery Flagg., "Cover design by courtesy of the National Committee of Patriotic Societies.", NIU copy., Staff notation.
The bravest heart of all
lyric by Arthur J. Lamb ; music by F. Henri Clique., piano, voice, "Dedicated to Frederick E. Peterson of Chicago"--Page 3., British Red Cross nurse standing against the a stone wall before a firing squad. It is night and there is a full moon in the sky., Title from cover., Waltz for voice and piano., Like an angel she nursed many soldiers., 'Twas only the heart of a woman., NIU copy., Staff notation.
I am 100% American are you?
lyric by Bernice Bateman ; music by L. St. Clair., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Soldier points his finger at the reader with his right hand and his left hand is placed over his heart., In the nation's vital hour, back our country's fighting power., Oh say can't you see duty's calling now on you and me., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Brighten up your journey with a smile
words and music by Peter Philip Bilhorn., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., A keyboardist playing and singing with a group of sailors gathered around him. Cover is printed in red, white and blue., The days are quickly passing there is much to do., Brighten up your journey with a smile., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Bring back the kiss that I gave
words by W.T. Whitehead ; music by Walter J. Pond., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Soldier kissing a young woman., Flags they were flying., Bring back the kiss that I gave when you left., NIU copy., Staff notation.
We'll keep things going 'till the boys come home
words by Andrew B. Sterling ; music by Alfred Solman., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Woman addressing a huge crowd of women that fills up the entire street of a large city. Inset photo of two young dancers, male and female with caption: "The Two Smalls" / Starmer., Listen girls, it's up to us We've got a lot to do., We'll keep things going till the boys come home., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Have courage Illinois
music by L. Daly ; words by E. Swaim., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., "Dedicated to the 'Illini' in France.", Soldier holding his coat over his arm tipping his hat. In the background is an illustration of Altgeld Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an American flag flying from its roof top. The buildings has trees around it / Rico Tomaso., The time has come when we must fight Oh! Illinois!, Have courage! have courage! have courage Illinois., NIU copy., Staff notation.
The boys who fight for freedom
written and composed by Bert and Lester Berry., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Cover is unillustrated., Bugle calls are sounding., For the boys who love a land of freedom., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele sein
von Fritz Grünbaum und Wilhelm Sterk ; Musik von Robert Stolz., piano, voice, Title from caption., Arranged for voice and piano., Young woman dressed in elegant black two-piece outfit, skit and jacket. Circular, full, pleated skirt and long bell-sleeved waist coat with a ruffle collar. The coat flares out to a ruffle at the waist and is held together with three roses, one red and two blue. She wears a matching black cocktail hat with a red rose, black stockings, high-heeled shoes with red heels and long white gloves. She props her right hand on her waist and with her left rests a white handled cane with a red tassel on the ground beside her., Ich weiss ein Land, das ohne Schranken., Du, du, du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Bugle call rag
by J. Hubert Blake and Carey Morgan., piano, Title from cover., For piano., Soldier blowing a bugle with a military encampment in the background. Inset photos of Jean and Jeanette Warner. Photo of Warner has caption: "originator of the fox-trot." / Starmer., NIU copy., Staff notation.
The call
Egbert Van Alstyne., piano, Title from cover., March for piano., "Dedicated to F.W. Kellogg, publisher of 'The Call' San Francisco.", Cover printed in red, white and blue with the Statue of Liberty and an inset photo of F.W. Kellogg / Crafton Studios., NIU copy., Staff notation.
The banner of the stars
words by Col. John Sim ; music by Duncan J. Muir., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Military encampment on a star-filled night on the edge of the ocean. Soldiers rest around a campfire. A large American flag and tree make up the scene. A large ship is anchored offshore., As standing 'round our campfire., The banner of the stars, dear friends., NIU copy., Staff notation.
America, I love you
words by Edgar Leslie ; music by Archie Gottler., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Large oval photo of Fannie Watson surrounded by images reflecting America's history including the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, pilgrims, Indian chiefs, a wagon train, and a settler farming his land with an ox drawn plow / AL. Barbelle., First line verse: Amid fields of clover, 'twas just a little over a hundred years ago., America, I love you, you're like a sweetheart of mine., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Bright fiery cross
words by Alvia O. DeRee ; music by Rev. Geo Bennard., piano, voice, Title from caption., For vocal duet and piano., Printed in white and blue with large red cross. On each side of the cross near its base are four Ku Klux Klan members., Over all the U.S.A., the fiery cross we display., So I'll cherish the Bright Fiery Cross., NIU copy., Staff notation.
"Camouflage"
by L. Wolfe Gilbert & Anatol Friedland., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Drawing of a German soldier toasting an artist with a palette / E.E.W., First line of text: This war has brought us trouble., Camouflage, camouflage, that's the latest dodge., "Dedicated to Billy Scharton, Patricia Farms, Mass"--page 2., NIU copy., Staff notation.
The bravest little soldier of them all
words & music by Eddie Klein., piano, voice, Title from cover., March for voice and piano., Mourning woman dressed in a black gown stands in the middle of a battle field with the fallen around her. Her arms and hands are turned up and her fingers point down towards the scene. A halo surrounds her head encircled by two strands of interlocking thorns which are set against a blazing sunburst that colors the sky. Her posture and demeanor seem Christlike. Inset photo with caption "Successfully introduced by Murphy & Klein.", Far away there are bugles calling., A soldier must have a lot of courage., NIU copy., Staff notation.
Can't you hear old Uncle Sammy calling?
words and music by Chas. Feist, Jr., piano, voice, Title from cover., For voice and piano., Uncle Sam in an oval frame. On either side of the frame, a soldier and sailor are blowing their bugles. The illustration is printed in red, white and blue colors., First line of text: Now that this nation's imperiled., Can't you hear old Uncle Sammy calling., Publisher's advertisement on p.[4]: "Adelaide waltzes.", NIU copy., Staff notation.
Canteen canter
a new dance by Oscar Duryea ; composed by Case White., piano, Title from cover., For piano., Description of dance given on p. [2]., Woman dancing a waltz with a U.S. soldier. Through a window behind them four couples are seen dancing a waltz., NIU copy., Staff notation.
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.