A research resource for Rothschild and Brazil
The London banking house of N M Rothschild & Sons has a long history of involvement in Brazil. The firm's initial business with Brazil was in merchant banking activities and bullion dealing, but in 1855 it became the Brazilian government's financial agent in London and went on to handle the government's borrowing in the London capital markets and be closely concerned with the country's fiscal, commercial and exchange rate policies. With the bank at the heart of the development of Brazilian public finance, The Rothschild Archive is an important resource for an understanding of this aspect of Brazilian economic and political history, as well as the history of British informal imperialism and emerging patterns of globalisation.
Extensive documentation of this history – which is as much the history of Brazilian economic development as it is the history of the firm of N M Rothschild & Sons – is preserved in The Rothschild Archive in London.
The Rothschild and Brazil online archive
Open to Research Forum members, researchers can now browse and view digital images of many of the key documents documenting the business of Rothschild in Brazil - over 25,000 documents.
The documents, from the NMR Accounts Current, Cashiers, Correspondence and Loans Departments concern;
- Private Business 1812-1900
- Government Business 1822-1854
- Government Business 1855-1930
- Railway Development
- Brazilian Banking
- Montagu Monetary mission
- Sir Henry Lynch