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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

Letters from 'The Front', First World War 1914-1918

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.

During the First World War letters and parcels from home were essential to the upkeep of the troops’ morale. A file of letters sent to Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild (1840-1915), during the first two years of the war show both the troops’ gratitude and the surprising array of gifts being sent from New Court.

Members of the Rothschild family, along with many others, subscribed to charities and organisations sending parcels of food and luxuries to the front. A receipt in the banks’ records shows that in December 1917 Alfred (1842-1918) sent cases of Christmas turkeys and champagne from Harrods to the Red Cross Hospital, British Expeditionary Forces, in France. Nathaniel, Alfred’s elder brother and Senior Partner of the Bank, sent similar luxuries such as pheasant and grouse, but also functional items such as telescopes and balaclavas. The men wrote to him conveying their deep and sincere gratitude, and after his death in 1915 his Frankfurt-born widow Emma (1844-1935) continued sending similar parcels. During the conflict Natty had a personal correspondence with John ‘Jack’ Spencer Churchill (1880-1947), younger brother of Winston, who was himself indebted to the famous Rothschild communication network, for forwarding Jack’s letters.

13 January 1915

My dear Lord Rothschild, 
Many thanks for sending me Jack’s letter.
The waiting is dull, but time is on our side.

Yours sincerely

Winston S Churchill

RAL reference: RAL 000/848/37/1

Letter from Winston Churchill to Nathaniel 1st Lord Rothschild: January 1915

Letter from Winston Churchill to Nathaniel 1st Lord Rothschild: January 1915