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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

Access Policy

The Rothschild Archive was established in 1978 by Victor, 3rd Lord Rothschild. In 1999 the ownership of the Archive was transferred to The Rothschild Archive Trust, an independent body of family members and advisers committed to securing the future of the collection and to developing its use by the academic community.

1. Access to the collections 

1.1  Access to the collections of the Archive is free of charge, with the exception of certain charges for copying of documents and reproduction of images. Acccess to the collections of the Archive is at the discretion of the Director and Trustees of The Rothschild Archive.

1.2 Access to the collections is subject to the Archive's conditions of access. Business records up to the date of 1945 are generally available for public consultation. Access to Rothschild family papers is at the discretion of the Archive, and special permission from donors and depositors may additionally be required to access all, or part, of family collections. All family papers later than 1945 are currently closed to researchers. Applications to consult some parts of the collection that are available after 1945, or family collections, must be made in writing to The Director of The Rothschild Archive.

1.3 All researchers are required to register with The Rothschild Research Forum, providing two written references in support of their application.

1.4 Once accepted as a member of The Rothschild Research Forum, researchers may request an appointment to consult original sources in the London Reading Room, or make arrangements to consult the deposited collections in Roubaix. In addition they are given an individual password to log in to the online Rothschild Research Forum.

2. Using the collections held in London

2.1 Researchers wishing to consult material in the Archive should first contact the archivist with details of their research.

2.2 Researchers consulting original material agree to sign a Rothschild Archive Research Agreement. A copy of the current research agreement may be found here »

3. Using the collections deposited with the Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail, Roubaix

3.1 Researchers should make an application to the Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail, Roubaix, France for permission for access to private archives that do not belong to the State. 

3.2 The Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail, Roubaix, France will then contact The Rothschild Archive London on the researcher's behalf to verify their request and to obtain permission to release documents to the researcher. The Rothschild Archive London will notify the researcher when all relevant permissions have been obtained. 

4. Using online resources 

4.1 Researchers do not need to be registered with The Rothschild Research Forum to view the public archive website. Researchers wishing to access more detailed resources online, contained within The Rothschild Research Forum web pages must first register with The Rothschild Research Forum.

Safe from the Paris bank in the rue Laffitte

Safe from the Paris bank in the rue Laffitte