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. The collection contains pieces from the late-19th century through the mid-20th century. Holdings of pieces from the early 20th century, particularly during World War I (1914-1918), are well represented. 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.

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