Business records of N M Rothschild & Sons, London
The business records of the London firm, N M Rothschild & Sons, form the core of the archive collection held by The Rothschild Archive, London. The collection includes papers from the main historical departments of the London business, for example papers concerning the Rothschild Partnership, the early Manchester business of Nathan Mayer Rothschild c.1800-1881, early business in London, c.1809-c.1820, Accounts Current, the 'American' Department, the Bookkeepers Department, the Bullion Department, the Royal Mint Refinery, the Cashiers Department, the Correspondence Department, the Estates Department, Loans business, New Court, the Partners' Room, Private clients, the Secretary's Department, the Staff Department and other sundry departments.
Papers of the Correspondence Department include correspondence with Rothschild agents worldwide. This global network enabled the Rothschilds to profit from the most up-to-date business and political information, and social news. The agents operated in a semi-independent role, acting on behalf of the Rothschilds in securing local business deals, and reporting on markets and prospects. The Correspondence Department also includes important series of letters between the Rothschild businesses, and series of special subject correspondence concerning loans and other business matters.
Business records of the other Rothschild houses
The collection of the London business also includes records of the other business houses, reflecting the activities of the other Rothschild banks through many series of correspondence and accounts that circulated between them. Some documents relating to the liquidation of the Frankfurt house, and documentation relating to the Rothschild family trust in Frankfurt were sent to London in 1901, and remain in the archives of the London house. Some correspondence from C M de Rothschild & Figli to the London bank survives in the records of the London house. The Archive in London also holds a small but significant collection of papers of the Viennese Bank which were seized during the war and later restituted to the Rothschild family.
The Archive has created a Guide to its holdings. For full information about the history of the collections and detailed catalogue information, Go to The Guide to the collections of The Rothschild Archive »