Katharine Coman (23 November 1857 – 11 January 1915) was an American social activist, historian and economist. She specialized in teaching about the development of the American West. Wellesley College named a professorship in her honor.
She was professor of history (1883–1900), then chaired the Economics Department, and was dean of Wellesley College. Coman lived in a Boston marriage with fellow professor Katharine Lee Bates (author of "America the Beautiful") for 25 years, from 1890 until Coman's death from breast cancer in 1915.
- The Growth of the English Nation (1894)
- History of England (1899)
- A Short history of England with Elizabeth Kendall
- English History Told by English Poets (1902) (ISBN 0-8369-6097-1) with Katharine Lee Bates
- Industrial History of the United States (1905; revised 1911)
- Economic Beginnings of the Far West (1912)
- Schwarz, Judith (Spring 1979). ""Yellow Clover": Katharine Lee Bates and Katharine Coman". Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies. University of Nebraska Press via JSTOR. 4 (1): 59–67. doi:10.2307/3346671.
Quote p. 59: Katharine Lee Bates and Katharine Coman were a devoted lesbian couple.
- Leopold, Ellen (2006). "My Soul is Among Lions: Katharine Lee Bates' Account of the Illness and Death of Katharine Coman". Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies. 23 (1): 60–73. doi:10.1353/leg.2006.0008.
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