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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

The New Court Vitrine: Tin document boxes, 19th century

The New Court Vitrine, curated by The Rothschild Archive, recalls the cases of treasures and cabinets of curiosity that graced the great Rothschild houses.

Tin boxes such as this were used to protect and store documents of importance of both the London banking house and its clients, with smaller boxes being placed inside larger tin trunks, and then locked away in the New Court vaults.

These boxes originally contained documents relating to Brazilian business of N M Rothschild & Sons. The London banking house has had an enduring relationship with Brazil. As soon as Brazilian independence was recognised by the British government in 1825, Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777-1836), founder of the London bank, raised £2 million in a bond issue for the new state. The bank issued further loans in 1829 and 1852, but the majority were issued following Rothschild’s appointment as exclusive British financial agent to the Brazilian government.

As early as 1858, N M Rothschild & Sons issued their first loans to Brazilian railway companies. The railways opened up Brazil’s interior, enabling the movement of people and labour, and the expansion of trade particularly in coffee.

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