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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

Reading Room Policy

Researchers using the facilities and collections of The Rothschild Archive London are asked to note and abide by the conditions set out below.

1. Admittance to the Reading Room 

1.1 Researchers wishing to consult material in the Archive should write to the Archivist with details of their research proposal and should offer two references. All visits to the Archive are by prior appointment with the Archivist.

1.2 The Rothschild Archive Reading Room is normally open to Researchers from Monday to Friday between 10.00 and 16.15. Normal Public Holidays are observed. It may occasionally be necessary to close or restrict access to the Reading Room at short notice. Researchers intending to visit from long distances are strongly advised to contact The Rothschild Archive BEFORE entering into any travel commitments. 

2. Access to collections

2.1 Archive material dated after 1945 is not generally available to Researchers. Applications to consult post 1945 documents must be made through the Archivist in the first instance. At the discretion of the Archivist, certain other documents may not be available.

2.2 Up to FIVE documents may be produced for Researchers at one time. Researchers may receive further documents upon surrender of items no longer required. (For production purposes, a document may be one file, one box or one volume).

2.3 Appropriate preservation aids for consulting original documents, such as book rests and weights will be provided. Cotton gloves for Researchers are available upon request; magnifying glasses and a light box are also available.

3. Conditions of use of the Reading Room

3.1 On arrival, Researchers will be asked to sign a copy of the Rothschild Archive Research Agreement, a copy of which will be retained by the Archive.

3.2 Researchers are requested to sign the Register each day they use the Archive.

3.3 Bags and coats will be stored by Archive staff outside the search room. Items are left at the owner’s risk.

3.4 Researchers MUST USE PENCILS ONLY and take notes on the paper provided.

3.5 Researchers may bring their own laptops/tablets to assist with making their research notes. All devices must be silent. Power sockets are available to charge/run devices. All devices are used at Researchers' own risk.

3.6 SMOKING, EATING AND DRINKING in the Reading Room ARE PROHIBITED.

3.7 The use of mobile phones in the Reading Room is NOT permitted. Researchers may be asked to switch off mobile phones upon arrival. The use of portable devices is permitted for Researchers to make research notes, but if such devices are telephone enabled they must be switched off, or switched to silent mode.

3.8 In the event of an alarm being sounded, Researchers MUST follow the directions of the staff member on duty.

3.9 The Reading Room is a shared space; Researchers found in violation of these rules, or causing a disturbance to other users will be asked to leave The Rothschild Archive, and may have any privileges extended to them withdrawn.

The Reading Room of The Rothschild Archive London

The Reading Room of The Rothschild Archive London