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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

Latest news from The Rothschild Archive

Treasure of the Month for November 2018

One hundred years ago this month, the Armistice ended fighting on land, sea and air, marking a victory for the Allies and a defeat for Germany in the First World War. This month, Deputy Archivist Natalie Attwood, cataloguer of the photographic collections of Robert de Rothschild, takes a look at his military service on the battlefields of Belgium and France. During November, the New Court War memorial will be on display in the main reception, New Court. 

Posted on the 1st November 2018  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for October 2018

The Rothschild business houses are renowned for their integrity. This month we look back nearly 200 years to correspondence between the extraordinary ‘Sir Gregor MacGregor’ and the London house of Rothschild, and the refusal by Nathan Mayer Rothschild to be taken in by what has been called one of the most brazen confidence tricks in history. Gregor MacGregor was a Scottish soldier, adventurer and swindler who attempted from 1821 to 1837 to draw British and French investors and settlers to ‘Poyais’, a fictional Central American territory that he claimed to rule.

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Treasure of the Month for September 2018

This month the Archive looks to sunny climes in Cannes, at the Villa Rothschild, with a report from The Graphic, 1892.

Posted on the 1st September 2018  | Read more…

Economic History Conference celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Bank of Greece

Economic History Conference, The birth of inter-war central banks:
building a new monetary order
 

2 & 3 November 2018, Athens

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the operation of the Bank of Greece. To celebrate the event, the Bank is organising an international economic history conference, to be held in Athens on November 2-3, 2018. The conference is titled The birth of inter-war central banks: building a new monetary order and shall focus on central banking in the inter-war years, particularly the string of new banks that were established in the 1920s and 1930s. 

Posted on the 7th August 2018  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for August 2018

This month The Rothschild Archive welcomes a very fine portrait of a ‘Princess’ to its London Reading Room.  The Reading Room can lay claim to some remarkable works of art, each depicting a member of the family who has had an affinity with preserving Rothschild history. The works on show include portraits by Philip de Laszlo, Sergei Pavlenko, Bern Schwartz and now Bertha Clara von Rothschild by Ellis William Roberts, purchased at auction in Paris and gifted to the Archive by Baron Eric de Rothschild, Chairman of The Rothschild Archive Trust. 

Posted on the 1st August 2018  | Read more…

EABH Conference, 26 October 2018, London, United Kingdom

The European Association for Banking History (EABH) is pleased to invite submissions for its next conference: Institutional Investors: The history of professional fund management

Posted on the 6th July 2018  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for July 2018

This month we look back upon the fine tradition of training and apprenticeship at the Rothschild businesses. On 4 June 1831, James de Rothschild (1792-1868), founder of the French business, wrote to his brother Nathan (1777-1836) in London. The letter concerned the arrival in Paris of Nathan’s son Nathaniel (1812-1870), who was to begin an apprenticeship with de Rothschild Frères in the rue Laffitte that was to shape the rest of his life. 

 

Posted on the 2nd July 2018  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for June 2018

One hundred and fifty years ago this June, an event took place at the Buckinghamshire estate of Anthony de Rothschild, a bold experiment in rural community regenerationcelebrating traditional artisan crafts and local industry. Read more about the Halton and Aston Clinton Industrial Exhibition of 1868. 

 

Posted on the 1st June 2018  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for May 2018

As sunnier weather approaches, we explore a former Rothschild property in west London which has recently undergone a major restoration project and plans to open its doors once again this summer. In 1835, Gunnersbury Park was purchased by Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777-1836) as his country estate. The original sales particulars which survive in the Archive describe in detail the handsome property that Nathan acquired. Gunnersbury Park became much loved by the family, and was to remain in Rothschild ownership for nearly a hundred years. 

Posted on the 1st May 2018  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for April 2018

Through their philanthropy and patronage, the Rothschild family supported many causes. These included social enterprises such as schools, hospitals and other charities, but their interests were broad ranging, and they gave their support to the great heroic endeavours of their time. In November 1914, Marie, Mrs Leopold de Rothschild (1862-1937) received this heartfelt thank-you letter from the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922).

Posted on the 1st April 2018  | Read more…