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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

Trade report from Italy, 1828

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.

The Rothschilds have a historic relationship with Italy, having established an office in Naples in 1821.

The relationship with Italy was cemented when Carl Mayer von Rothschild (1784-1855) arrived in Naples in 1821 to establish the Italian branch of the family business, C. M. de Rothschild & Figli. Carl had three sons, Mayer, Adolphe and Wilhelm, all of whom were all involved in the business. Mayer and Wilhelm succeeded their uncle Amschel in Frankfurt and Adolphe succeeded his father in Naples upon his death in 1855.

The Naples house operated in the period between the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the reunification of Italy, in an atmosphere of conflict with other European powers, but also domestically within the governments of the various Italian Kingdoms. The Naples branch of the Rothschild business was the first to close, in 1863, with remaining business being transferred to the Frankfurt house.

Most records of Naples house were destroyed in 1901, when the Franfurt house closed. Some correspondence from C. M. de Rothschild & Figli to the London bank survives and amongst the 142 boxes of Sundry Private Correspondence, RAL XI/109, is a trade report for the Port of Molo San Carlo, Trieste. It shows the many countries that Italy and the Rothschilds were trading with at the beginning of the 19th century.

RAL reference: RAL XI/109/12/1/35

Trade report for goods imported and exported from Italy: 1827 and 1828

Trade report for goods imported and exported from Italy: 1827 and 1828