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Katharine Lee Bates

Katharine Lee Bates (August 12, 1859 – March 28, 1929) was an American author and poet, chiefly remembered for her anthem "America the Beautiful", but also for her many books and articles on social reform, on which she was a noted speaker.

Bates enjoyed close links with Wellesley College, Massachusetts, where she had graduated with a B.A., and later became a professor of English literature, helping to launch American literature as an academic speciality, and writing one of the first-ever college textbooks on it. She never married, possibly because she would have lost tenure if she had. Throughout her long career at Wellesley, she shared a house with her close friend and companion Katharine Coman. Some scholars have assumed that this was a lesbian relationship, considering some exchanges of letters sufficient proof, others believe their relationship may have been a platonic ‘Boston marriage’ in the contemporary phrase.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 12, 1859 (Falmouth), Died January 1, 1929 (Wellesley)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-28678 10-in. 10/19/1923 America the beautiful Shannon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-28678 10-in. 3/11/1927 America the beautiful Shannon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with celeste and orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-30016 10-in. 4/24/1924 America the beautiful Louise Homer Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-49433 10-in. 6/21/1929 America Ralph Crane Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BS-048772 10-in. 4/11/1940 America the beautiful Emile Coté ; Victor Chapel Choir Mixed vocal chorus, with organ lyricist  
Victor BS-056491 10-in. 10/15/1940 America the beautiful The Old Timer's Orchestra Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-068669 10-in. 12/17/1941 America, the beautiful Lucy Monroe ; Charles O'Connell Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 77455 10-in. 10/27/1917 America the beautiful Paulist Choristers of Chicago Male vocal chorus, with piano lyricist  
Columbia W144681 10-in. 9/16/1927 America the beautiful Columbia Mixed Chorus Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 90146 10-in. between 1918 and 1925 America the beautiful Columbia Band Band lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bates, Katherine Lee," accessed May 28, 2024,

Bates, Katherine Lee. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 28, 2024, from

"Bates, Katherine Lee." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 28 May 2024.

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