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Sources for business history

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

Citation Guidelines

In the United Kingdom, there is no standard for manuscript citation. ISO 690: 2010 'Information and documentation - Guidelines for bibliographic references and citations to information resources' gives guidelines for the preparation of bibliographic references, but does not prescribe a particular style of reference or citation. Advice to researchers concerning the citation of references of documents from The Rothschild Archive collections in written works is given below.

1. Researchers wishing to cite references in written work of documents consulted in the course of their research in the Reading Room of The Rothschild Archive are advised to adopt the style of references outlined in the examples below. This is to ensure consistency across published works to enable other researchers to easily identify material.

2. This guidance does not replace the undertakings concerning publication and dissemination (in both hard-copy and digital form) of information from The Rothschild Archive collections obtained by researchers in the course of their study. These are clearly set out in the Research Agreement that researchers are requested to sign as a condition of access to The Rothschild Archive. Researchers are reminded of the undertaking to seek the approval of the archive for circulation of any information so obtained in advance of publication or submission to a third party.  

3. Further advice on citation and publication and dissemination of information obtained in the course of study with The Rothschild Archive is available from the staff of the Archive upon request.

4. ‘Rothschild Archive London’ may be abbreviated to ‘RAL’ if in the first instance it appears in the work it is written in full.

Citing items from The ‘Old Catalogue’

Volumes and files from NMR historical records items bear a roman numeral and number code. In addition, some individual items may bear a further reference number.


Rothschild Archive London VIII/13/6
Rothschild Archive London XI/82/8/1

Citing items accessioned after 1999

These items bear a 000/ reference code. Some individual items may bear a further reference number to denote sub-items, folios, folders or individual letters or documents.


Rothschild Archive London 000/424/1
Rothschild Archive London 000/848/1/1

Citing the Moscow Papers and Lafite Papers 

In addition to the 000/ reference code, these papers have a further reference which should be quoted.


Rothschild Archive London, Moscow Papers 000/930 (58-660)  

Rothschild Archive London, Moscow Papers 000/1059 (637-1-38)  

Rothschild Archive London, Lafite Papers 000/929 (OE 381)

Citing the 'T' files 

These files of transcripts of documents from the collection are available in the Reading Room. They should be cited as in the example below; the first part is the T file number, followed by the entry on the relevant page, and then the title of the 'T' file.

Rothschild Archive London T49/102: 1834-1862, America 

Citing records from the RAL collection at Roubaix 

Material consulted at Roubaix should be cited thus: 

Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail, Fond Rothschild, 132 AQ 

N M Rothschild & Sons Ledgers

N M Rothschild & Sons Ledgers

United States of Brazil bond issued by N M Rothschild & Sons 1911

United States of Brazil bond issued by N M Rothschild & Sons 1911