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Sources for business history: plans of New Court

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

News archive for 2014

PhD studentship in Financial History: University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow offers a 4 year fully funded PhD studentship in Financial History

Deadline for Application: 15 January 2015. The project will be supervised by Professor Catherine Schenk (Economic History) and Professor Rowland Kao (Mathematical Population Biology). The successful candidate for this studentship should have a strong applied mathematical background.

Posted on the 17th December 2014  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for December 2014

This month's 'Treasure' is a New Court Christmas Gift Book, listing seasonal gifts from New Court to friends, business associates, charities and staff.

Posted on the 1st December 2014  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for November 2014

This month's 'Treasure' is a letter from Winston Churchill to Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild, written from the Admiralty Office, Whitehall in 1915. The letter concerns Churchill's brother's service at the Front.

Posted on the 1st November 2014  | Read more…

Recent Acquisitions: 'the book that started it all'

This recent acquisition, generously deposited with the Rothschild Archive by Mrs Nina Burr, provides a valuable link in the chain of research into looted art and the collections of the Austrian Rothschilds.

Posted on the 9th October 2014  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for October 2014

This month's 'Treasure' is a trade report from Italy, 1827-1828.


Posted on the 1st October 2014  | Read more…

Yerusha: Archives in Europe

Yerusha is an initiative of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe that will become a major hub for European Jewish and Jewish-related archival material. As scholars and researchers will attest, millions of pages of documents written in dozens of languages are stored in hundreds of archives worldwide bearing witness to the variety and importance of Jewish life in Europe. Yerusha will create an online portal and database that will provide a single, searchable reference point for all such sources. 

Posted on the 12th September 2014  | Read more…

Recent Acquisitions: A Rothschild Portrait

By kind permission of the Trustees of the Anthony Hall, The Rothschild Archive has acquired on long-term loan an important portrait of two Rothschild daughters, Constance and Annie de Rothschild.

Posted on the 10th September 2014  | Read more…

Recent Acquisitions: The Rothschild Reserves Archive

(Nathaniel) Charles Rothschild (1877-1923) was one of the early pioneers of nature conservation, and helped found The Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves (SPNR). Under Charles' supervision, the SPNR conducted the first ever national survey of wildlife sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The original survey papers, known as The Rothschild Reserves Archive and formerly held by The Wildlfe Trusts, have been transferred on permanent loan to The Rothschild Archive London.

Posted on the 1st August 2014  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for September 2014

This month's 'Treasure' is a letter from Siegmund Warburg to Lionel and Anthony de Rothschild, written in 1926.

Posted on the 1st August 2014  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for August 2014

This month's 'Treasure' is a a list of 'Lord Rothschild's Maxims' from 1911.

Posted on the 31st July 2014  | Read more…

Recent Acquisitions: Papers concerning orchid cultivation

A fascinating collection of papers concerning the cultivation of orchids on the Exbury estate of Mr Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942), including receipt books, lists of plants, correspondence, catalogues and display cards from flower shows. A single file documents experiments in the 1920s to germinate orchids at the Rothschild Royal Mint Refinery in London.

Posted on the 31st July 2014  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for July 2014

This month's 'Treasure' is a collection of material relating to the wedding of Leopold de Rothschild (1845-1917) to Marie Perugia (1862-1937) in 1881. 

Posted on the 31st July 2014  | Read more…

Recent Acquisitions: Quill pens

Two quill pens were found in the letter copy book with entries for 25th February 1820 and 9th June 1820. (XI/148/10). They are believed to date from 1820, and still contain traces of ink on the nibs.

Posted on the 31st July 2014  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for June 2014

This month's 'Treasure' is Nathan Mayer Rothschild's Manchester cotton book.

Posted on the 1st June 2014  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for May 2014

This month's 'Treasure' is a silver sycee, a type of silver bullion from China.


Posted on the 1st May 2014  | Read more…

Recent Acquisitions: Mr Warren's Photograph Album

The Rothschild Archive was fortunate to acquire a private photograph album of Mr Warren, Head Gardener as Aston Clinton. This fascinating volume contains over 220 previously unknown private photographs of Aston Clinton, taken by Mr Warren. The album, compiled between 1896 and 1902 is a tantalising glimpse into his life over these six years.

Posted on the 1st April 2014  | Read more…