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Sources for business history: catalogues of bank files

Sources for art history: Catalogue of the pictures of Alfred de Rothschild 1901

Sources for yachting history: Plans for Nathaniel von Rothschild's yacht Veglia 1905

Sources for natural history: Walter 2nd Lord Rothschild and his zebra carriage: c.1910

Sources for global financial history: Map of lines of the Brazil Railway Company: c.1920

Sources for business history: index cards to bank files

Sources for social history: Rothschild Hospital Paris: 1920s

Sources for business history: detail of a Rothschild bond coupon

Sources for architectural history: Halton House: 1890s

Sources for the history of travel: Lionel de Rothschild's tours of Spain: 1909

Sources for local history: Tring Park: c.1900

Sources for Royal history: shooting party with Edward Prince of Wales: 1893

Sources for political history: Lionel de Rothschild: first Jewish MP: 1858

Sources for sporting history: St Amant winner of the Derby: 1904

Sources for local history: gardeners at Aston Clinton: 1899

Sources for Rothschild family history: Lionel de Rothschild's yacht Rhodora: 1927

Sources for London history: entrance to New Court: 1965

Sources for design history: plans for Lionel de Rothschild's Rolls-Royce: 1930

Sources for business history: Rothschild gold bars produced by the Royal Mint Refinery: 1930s

Sources for business history: letters of August Belmont Rothschild Agent in New York: 1860s

Development of the collections

The Rothschild Archive was established in 1978 by Victor, 3rd Lord Rothschild. In 1999 the ownership of the Archive was transferred to The Rothschild Archive Trust, an independent body of family members and advisers committed to securing the future of the collection and to developing its use by the academic community.

When the Archive was established, a programme for arranging and describing the collections (largely the records of the London bank) began. In subsequent years, members of the Rothschild family started to view the Rothschild Archive as a suitable home for private papers, and the work programme was expanded to incorporate these collections.

The development of the Archive's services to the staff of the bank and to outside researchers embraced the establishment of a library of works written about the Rothschilds and family members' own works. This library continues to expand.

Staff of the Archive continue to develop projects and programmes to deepen the understanding of the collections and to promote academic study of the Rothschild businesses and family.

In 2012 a new Reading Room for The Rothschild Archive was opened at the premises of Rothschild in the City.

Tin document trunks

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Chilean Government bond 1929

Chilean Government bond 1929