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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

Business records of de Rothschild Frères, Paris

The Rothschild Archive is much more than a single assemblage of material. It is a collection of collections, each reflecting the business and personal interests of the Rothschild family across Europe.

The Trustees of The Rothschild Archive London are responsible for the collection of business records of the Paris House. In 1972, the French Rothschild family deposited the archives of de Rothschild Frères with the Archives Nationales de France in Paris. These papers were subsequently transferred to the Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail in Roubaix, France. In 1999, with the creation of The Rothschild Archive Trust, the Trustees of the Rothschild Archive assumed responsibility for these deposited papers; the collection remains at Roubaix.

Researchers wishing to study these papers must apply to The Rothschild Archive London for permission for access to these papers, and they must also make a separate application to the Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail for permission to visit the Reading Room at Roubaix.


These papers have been catalogued by the French archivists. There are two series of interest:

Rothschild Frères, Banque [Rothschild Frères, bank]

Reference: 132 AQ (2006 52 M)

This fond is made up of two sub-fonds: the Rothschild Frères banque sub-fond, records of the French Rothschild banking house, founded in Paris in 1817 and the Rothschild Family Archives sub-fond containing private archives of various members of the Rothschild family. 

Rothschild (sociétés absorbées et filiales, dont la Compagnie de chemin de fer du Nord) [Rothschild (absorbed companies and subsidiaries, including the Compagnie de chemin de fer du Nord)]

Reference: 1997 19 1 to 108

These fonds includes various archive sub-fonds of the Rothschild Group and the Compagnie du Nord as follows: the Compagnie du chemin de fer du Nord, the Compagnie du chemin de fer de Paris à Orléans, the Compagnie du Nord, the Rothschild Bank as well as other companies founded or absorbed by them.

View the detailed catalogues here » (note: this link takes you to the homepage of the Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail. You should scroll down to the Faire une recherche en ligne [Do online research] section. Click on the Accès Alphabétique [Alphabetical Access] box. This takes you to a listing of all the Fonds, the État Général des Fonds [General statement of fonds]. In the left hand column, find Entreprises [Businesses] and then in the list find Rothschild Frères, banque or Rothschild (sociétés absorbées et filiales, dont la Compagnie de chemin de fer du Nord). Clicking on either of these brings up a summary page about the Fonds, together with a link to download a PDF of the detailed cataloigue for each fond.

Access to records held by the Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail, Roubaix, France

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Cheque drawn on de Rothschild Frères

Cheque drawn on de Rothschild Frères

The Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail at Roubaix

The Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail at Roubaix