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MS Thr 682

Jordan, Dorothy, 1761-1816, performer. Theatrical music, playbills, and portraits related to Mrs. Jordan, 1783-1825: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository [box is portfolio sized]
Call No.: MS Thr 682
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Jordan, Dorothy, 1761-1816, performer.
Title: Theatrical music, playbills, and portraits related to Mrs. Jordan
Date(s): 1783-1825
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: English.
Abstract: Music, playbills and portraits related to the Irish performer Dorothy Jordan, known as Mrs. Jordan.

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.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Monique Duhaime and Melanie Wisner

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.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Theatrical Music, Playbills, and Portraits Related to Mrs. Jordan, 1783-1825 (MS Thr 682). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

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

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:

Scope and Contents

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.


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

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