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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 682

Theatrical music, playbills, and portraits related to Mrs. Jordan

Music, playbills and portraits related to the Irish performer Dorothy Jordan, known as Mrs. Jordan.


  • 1783-1825

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


.2 linear feet (1 box)

Collection is comprised of music for songs performed by Mrs. Jordan in various productions; playbills for productions in which she appeared; and printed portraits of her chiefly in various theatrical roles.

Biographical / Historical

Born Dorothea (sometimes called Dorothy or Dora) Bland near Waterford, Ireland, Dorothy Jordan was the daughter of Francis Bland (d. 1778) and his mistress, Grace Phillips. She was an Irish actress, courtesan, and the mistress and companion of the future King William IV of the United Kingdom for 20 years while he was Duke of Clarence. She took the stage name "Mrs. Jordan" as it was slightly more respectable for a married woman to be on the stage. There was no Mr. Jordan and Dorothea Bland never married.


Arranged in three series:
  1. I. Music
  2. II. Playbills
  3. III. Portraits

Physical Location

Harvard Depository [box is portfolio sized]

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2009MT-93 (lot 30). Purchased with funds from the Frank E. Chase Bequest and George and Faith Kahrl Fund for Theatre History; received: 2009 August 24.

Related Materials

Related material is held in various arranged series at the Harvard Theatre Collection; consult Houghton Public Services staff.

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Monique Duhaime and Melanie Wisner
Link to catalog
Jordan, Dorothy, 1761-1816, performer. Theatrical music, playbills, and portraits related to Mrs. Jordan, 1783-1825: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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