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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

EABH Archival Workshop: GDPR and Historical Archives, European Central Bank, 23 March 2020

The eabh in co-operation with the European Central Bank are calling for papers for their joint workshop, GDPR & Historical Archives, 23 March 2020, European Central Bank, Sonnemannstrasse 20, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Posted on the 2nd October 2019  | Read more…

*NEW* Bullion microsite: a research resource for the study of Rothschild and gold

To coincide with the centenary of the Gold Fixing in September 2019, The Rothschild Archive has created a new microsite dedicated to the history of Rothschild and Bullion. The site features pages on Gold Trading, Gold Mining, and Gold Refining (focusing on the activities of the Rothschild Royal Mint Refinery). The site includes a history of the Gold Fixing, and for the first time, a comprehensive list of the daily Gold Prices 1919-1968 is available to researchers.

Posted on the 2nd October 2019  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for October 2019

Letters Patent of Denization for Nathan Mayer Rothschild, 1804: As citizens of the United Kingdom contemplate the realities of leaving the European Union, and European citizens living in the UK are invited to apply for settled status, this month we look back to the efforts of Nathan Mayer Rothschild to secure residency rights in England at the turn of the nineteenth century.

Posted on the 1st October 2019  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for September 2019

Sometimes it is the smallest of objects that can have the greatest significance. In the collections of the Archive is a small, rather tired-looking Union Jack desk flag, about 25 cm high. This flag, originally one of a set of five, once played a crucial role in the business of one of earth’s most precious traded commodities – gold. September 2019 marks the centenary of the Gold Fixing, which for over 80 years took place at New Court, with the London firm of N M Rothschild & Sons at the heart of proceedings.

Posted on the 1st September 2019  | Read more…

EABH Archival Workshop: Minting History, The Rothschild Archive London, 29 October 2019

The eabh in co-operation with The Rothschild Archive London invites delegates to attend the Archival Workshop Minting History: Financial History at Face Value, 29 October 2019, The Rothschild Archive, London.

This  workshop is aimed at minting and financial institutions’ archivists, money museum curators and researchers. The extensive archives of mints are a treasure-trove of information often covering extended periods of time. Yet some of these archival treasures are only accessible to a handful of specialists or remain largely unknown to researchers and the public. This workshop aims to present these materials to a wider audience and make them more accessible to interested researchers and scholars.

Posted on the 5th August 2019  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for August 2019

As Rothschild & Co. welcomes its summer interns and global graduates for 2019, we look back seventy years to a time when a young Mr Edmund de Rothschild, recently de-mobilised, spent time at banks in America learning the business of banking.

Posted on the 1st August 2019  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for July 2019

As we enter the Summer party season we look back to one of the most spectacular social events held in Victorian Britain - the famous Devonshire House Ball of 1897, an elaborate costumed pageant hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

Posted on the 1st July 2019  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for June 2019

On 7 June, 1904, the Directors of the Fondation Rothschild held their first meeting in Paris. The formal establishment of the Fondation Rothschild in July 1904 was the continuation of generations of the French Rothschild family’s commitment to social welfare, and the beginning of an ambitious programme to provide the workers of Paris with high-quality affordable homes. Read more about this innovative and ambitious scheme.

Posted on the 1st June 2019  | Read more…

EABH Workshop: The Dynamics of Inclusive Finance, 20-21 March 2020: Call for Papers

The eabh is calling for papers for the Workshop The Dynamics of Inclusive Finance, 20-21 March 2020, University of Utrecht, Netherlands.

Posted on the 17th May 2019  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for May 2019

This month, the Manchester Ship Canal, one of greatest infrastructure projects of the Victorian age, celebrates its 125th anniversary. The London house of Rothschild was one of main backers of the project, a legacy of support for ground-breaking innovation which continues today.

Posted on the 30th April 2019  | Read more…