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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

News archive for 2020

EABH working papers series: latest publication: eabh paper 2020/04

The eabh (European Association for Banking History) is pleased to announce the latest publication in its series of Working Papers (eabh Papers).

Posted on the 19th November 2020  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for November 2020

On the first Thursday of November each year World Digital Preservation Day is celebrated by the global Archive community. This event brings together a wide variety of people and institutions to celebrate all things digital focusing on a different theme each year. This year’s theme ‘Digits: for Good’, is an opportunity to celebrate the positive impact digital preservation has had in a year which has seen a sudden and global reliance on digital information and infrastructure.

Posted on the 1st November 2020  | Read more…

EABH working papers series: latest publication: eabh paper 2020/03

The eabh (European Association for Banking History) is pleased to announce the latest publication in its series of Working Papers (eabh Papers).

Posted on the 3rd October 2020  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for October 2020

October 2020 is a month that the Archivists have eagerly been anticipating as we await the reopening of the Jewish Museum Frankfurt. After being closed for nearly six years, the museum is due to reopen on the 21st of October, after a major building extension, complete interior renovations and reinterpretation of the galleries, achieved with financial support from the city and donors including the Rothschild family. This month we look at one of the items that has been lent from the collections of The Rothschild Archive, London, an exquisite portrait of Louise, Baroness Mayer Carl von Rothschild (1820-1894) and her daughter Adele (1843-1922). 

Posted on the 1st October 2020  | Read more…

EABH working papers series: latest publication: eabh paper 2020/02

The eabh (European Association for Banking History) is pleased to announce the latest publication in its series of Working Papers (eabh Papers).

Posted on the 1st September 2020  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for September 2020

This month we reflect on the fortunes of the Rothschilds in what is today the nation of Italy. From his base in Naples, Carl Mayer von Rothschild was to head a strategically important branch of the family business. Two hundred and two years ago this month, on 16 September 1818, Carl married Adelheid Herz in Frankfurt.

Posted on the 1st September 2020  | Read more…

EABH Workshop: Banking & the State, 23 February 2021, Frankfurt - Final call for papers

The eabh has issued a final call for papers for the conference Banking & the State, 23 February 2021, Frankfurt.

Posted on the 12th August 2020  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for August 2020

This month we reflect on the arrival of the Rothschild family in Manchester and celebrate the life of Charlotte, Baroness Anselm von Rothschild who was born in Manchester, 213 years ago this August. A talented artist, Charlotte was the first of the generation of Rothschilds to be born in England, although she was later to make her home in the city of her father’s birth, Frankfurt.

Posted on the 1st August 2020  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for July 2020

This month we explore not a single object, but a whole collection. The Baroness de Koenigswarter Jazz Musicians Photograph Collection pays homage to some of the finest jazz musicians and singers of the twentieth century, celebrating their talent, creativity, spirt and diversity. Join us as we enter the after-dark world of New York’s thrilling jazz scene, with a Rothschild Baroness as our guide.

Posted on the 1st July 2020  | Read more…

EABH working papers series: opportunity for new scholars

The eabh (European Association for Banking History) Working Papers Series (eabh Papers), launched in 2014, gives scholars in banking, financial, business, and economic history and related fields the opportunity to distribute their research-in-progress. 

Posted on the 29th June 2020  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for June 2020

This month, as we find our traditional summer pastimes on hold, we turn to the thrills and excitement of the turf, looking back to the great sporting victories of the French Rothschilds and their magnificent horses. 

Posted on the 1st June 2020  | Read more…

EABH Workshop: Banking & the State, 23 February 2021, Frankfurt

The eabh is calling for papers for the conference Banking & the State, 23 February 2021, Frankfurt.

Posted on the 27th May 2020  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for May 2020

This month we take the opportunity to reflect upon how those who came before us took care to ensure that the stories of their times would be remembered and passed to generations as yet unborn, and how we will record the experiences of our times. Join us as we examine an index of the earliest known attempt to assemble a 'Rothschild archive'.

Posted on the 1st May 2020  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for April 2020

This month we explore a recent acquisition to the Archive collection, a small document that combines important Rothschild interests – a sound business proposition, the love of music, and ambitious creativity.

Posted on the 1st April 2020  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for March 2020

For this month’s ‘Treasure’ we celebrate a document that was once a commonplace part of daily life for millions – the humble cheque, now consigned to history in today’s cashless automated payment systems. 

Posted on the 1st March 2020  | Read more…

EABH Workshop: Price Currents, Financial information and Market Transparency, 27 November 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The eabh is calling for papers for the Workshop Price Currents, Financial information and Market Transparency, 27 November 2020, EURHISFIRM and NEHA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Posted on the 25th February 2020  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for February 2020

In 1977 the sale of a country house and its contents - Mentmore Towers in Buckinghamshire, England - divided the opinion of the nation.  The 7th Earl of Rosebery, faced with death duties, offered the former Rothschild house and its collection to the nation for £2 million; the offer was refused and the subsequent sale of the house and its collections became a cause célèbre in the heritage world.  One of the items was purchased for New Court, where it remains today, a tangible link to a vanished world. Find out more about this beautiful piece of furniture.

Posted on the 1st February 2020  | Read more…

EABH Conference, 11 June 2020, Athens, Greece

The European Association for Banking History (EABH) is pleased to invite submissions for its next conference: Finance and Migration

Posted on the 21st January 2020  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for January 2020

One of the items recently rediscovered in the collections is a small wooden box, about 25 cm square, containing samples of precious metals. Its origins are unclear, but it may date from the days of the London bank’s early involvement with the mining and refining of Australian and Californian gold from the 1850s. Find out more about this intriguing artefact.

Posted on the 8th January 2020  | Read more…