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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

Nathan Mayer Rothschild's 'Cotton Book', 1801-1804

The collections of The Rothschild Archive London contain over two million pieces of paper, volumes, files, photographs, artefacts and art works. Archivist's Choice is a series a short articles each highlighting a treasure from the Archive collection, or celebrating an anniversary or special event. Browse through our library of Archivist's Choice articles to discover some of the fascinating stories behind our collections.

Nathan Mayer Rothschild in Manchester, 1798-1809

Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777-1836) had established himself in Manchester in 1798, aged 21, to streamline the supply of printed cottons and other textiles from British factories to the European markets. Nathan had left Frankfurt to found the Manchester partnership with funds from his father's merchant house. Obliged to develop other aspects of ‘Rothschild Brothers’ (the family business), Nathan Rothschild looked to London to extend the purely financial activities of his mercantile trade, discount and acceptance, for which he was gaining a considerable reputation.

Nathan's marriage to Hannah Cohen, the daughter of one of London's wealthiest Jewish merchants, in 1806 cemented his position in the capital and within five years the Manchester partnership was wound up in favor of ‘N.M. Rothschild & Sons’ of New Court in the City. Textile sample book belonging to N M Rothschild (1777-1836), Manchester, June 1801-July 1804.

RAL reference: RAL I/'Cotton Book'

Page from Nathan's Cotton Book 1804

Page from Nathan's Cotton Book 1804