Welcome toThe Rothschild Archive'swebsite

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 December 2021

December is a month upon which the archivists always look fondly. Ten years ago, we completed the move of over 5km of shelving of  archives and nearly 2,000 reference books to our new home at New Court. This month we look at a treasure of a different kind; the physical space inhabited by the Archive and we look back at the history of the Archive itself. From bank vaults to environmentally controlled purpose built storage, the Archive has a history of its own to tell.

Posted on the 1st December 2021  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for November 2021

This month we explore the connection between the English Rothschild family and the world famous Court Jewellers, Fabergé.  As collectors and commissioners of luxury items, the family has been patrons of many famous artisans, but perhaps none so venerated today as Fabergé. The work of Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920), goldsmith by special appointment to the Russian Imperial Crown, will be celebrated in an eagerly anticipated exhibition opening later this month at London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

Posted on the 29th October 2021  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for October 2021

In business one stands by one’s reputation. Trust, the assured reliance on the character, ability, and truth of an individual or business is a vital part of the mutual confidence in any business relationship. This month we explore how trust was maintained in the City of London over 200 years ago by means of ‘Brokers' Medals’ and ‘Stockbrokers' Tokens’ to prove a trader’s bona fides.

Posted on the 1st October 2021  | Read more…

EABH Conference: Monetary Unions in History, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1 July 2022: Call for Papers

The eabh is calling for papers for the conference Monetary Unions in History, 1 July 2022, Sofia, Bulgaria.

The conference is jointly organised by The Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) and eabh (The European Association for Banking and Financial History e.V.

The deadline for abstracts submission is 1 November 2021.

Posted on the 21st September 2021  | Read more…

EABH Workshop: Digital rebirth of historical datasets, Sofia, Bulgaria, 30 June 2022: Call for Papers

The eabh is calling for papers for the Archival Workshop Digital rebirth of historical datasets, 30 June 2022, Sofia, Bulgaria.

The workshop is jointly organised by The Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) and eabh (The European Association for Banking and Financial History e.V.

The deadline for abstracts submission is 1 November 2021.

Posted on the 20th September 2021  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for September 2021

As we start a more regular return to the office some of us might notice a difference in our vision; our computer monitors may not be how we are used to them at home, or perhaps we find our screen time decreases as we interact more with colleagues.  In the digital age, taking good care of our eyes is more important than ever; a cause which was supported by a pioneering member of the Rothschild family over a century ago in the eye clinics established by Adolphe von Rothschild (1823-1900) in Geneva and Paris.

Posted on the 1st September 2021  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for August 2021

As England takes tentative steps towards a sense of normality, those of us at New Court may once again begin to enjoy the pleasures of an English summer season of entertainment including the much-loved ‘Proms’ concerts from the Royal Albert Hall.  This August, as London welcomes musicians and singers, we reflect on the personal friendship of the opera singer Adelina Patti and Alfred de Rothschild, a great patron of the arts.

Posted on the 1st August 2021  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for July 2021

The story of Rothschild involvement with enterprises such as railways and refining is well-known. But throughout their history, the Rothschild businesses have also helped companies producing familiar, everyday items. This month, as a bidding war emerges for control of the UK's fourth-largest supermarket, Morrisons, (advised by Rothschild & Co.), we explore the assistance given to the venerable English biscuit-making firm Peek Frean & Co. Ltd, and how N M Rothschild & Sons brought relief to citizens during the Siege of Paris in 1870.

Posted on the 1st July 2021  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for June 2021

This month, Deputy Archivist Natalie Attwood takes a personal look at the often neglected flora and fauna of our roadsides, and reflects on the relevance of today's '#NoMowMay' campaign to early conservation work by members of the English Rothschild family.

Posted on the 1st June 2021  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for May 2021

This month, as our museums, galleries, libraries and archives begin to again welcome visitors, we recall the great collections assembled by the Rothschild family. 175 years ago, the London house of Rothschild played a key role in establishing one of great repositories of knowledge in the world – The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. 

Posted on the 1st May 2021  | Read more…