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Sources for business history: catalogues of bank files

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

Rothschild collections: United Kingdom

The list below includes archive material relating to the Rothschild business and family held in other institutions in the United Kingdom.

Inclusion of material in this list does not necessarily indicate that it is publicly available. Researchers wishing to access this material are advised to contact the institution concerned for a more detailed description of the material, and advice on how to access it. The institutions listed below have no connection with The Rothschild Archive London. Clicking on the name takes you to the website of the institution; please report any broken links here.

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The Bank of England

Correspondence with N M Rothschild & Sons; Material relating to bullion.

The Bodleian Library

Papers of Sir Isaiah Berlin, including correspondence with Dame Miriam Rothschild and other members of the Rothschild family.

The British Library

Papers of Constance, Lady Battersea (nee Rothschild) (1843-1931) and her husband Sir Cyril Flower; Papers relating to the Balfour declaration.

The British Library Sound Archive

Recordings of members of the family, speaking on radio, such as Dame Miriam Rothschild (1908-2005) and Victor 3rd Lord Rothschild (1910-1990) on ‘Desert Island Discs’. and other family members on broadcast programmes.

The British Library, Oriental and India Office

Correspondence concerning land at Ealing (Royal Indian Asylum, Elm Grove Estate) with Baron de Rothschild, 1871.

Buckinghamshire County Museum

Photographs and glass plate negatives of Waddesdon and Buckinghamshire.

Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies

Estate papers concerning Mentmore Towers deposited by Lord Rosebery; papers of Horwood & James, Rothschild family solicitors in the Vale of Aylsebury; papers of Wigley, and Brown & Merry, estate agents used by the Rothschild family; papers of Parrot & Coales, solicitors used by the Rothschild family. Rothschilds are also recorded in quarter sessions records, land valuations (1910) and material relating to the appointment of the 1st Lord Rothschild as Lord Lieutenant of the county, and the establishment of the county council c.1879.

Historic England Archive

Historic England Archive is English Heritage's archive of historic photographs plans and drawings of historic buildings of England. The archive includes the former Royal Commission for Historical Monuments collections. Material in the archive dates from the 1850s. The archive holds many photographs of Rothschild estates and properties, including many formerly held in the archive of the photographic studio of Bedford Lemere. The archive holds material relating to Mentmore Towers, Tring Park Mansion, Walter Rothschild's Zoological Museum Tring Park, Louisa Cottages Tring, 5 Hamilton Place, Ascott House, Halton House, Rushbrooke Hall, and the Rothschild Mausoleum West Ham Jewish Cemetery.

The Geological Society, London

Murchison Papers, correspondence with Baroness Charlotte Rothschild, 1869.

The Guildhall Library

Morgan Grenfell Archives: correspondence; Hambros bank: correspondence.

Hampshire Archives and Local Studies: Hampshire Record Office

Hillier Collection: correspondence with Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942) concerning horticultural matters. 

Hatfield House

The Salisbury Papers: correspondence with the Rothschild family 1896-1900.

Highclere Castle

Papers of Almina, 5th Countess of Carnarvon.

Institution of Civil Engineers

William Mackenzie Papers concerning railway construction.

The Jewish Chronicle

Newspaper coverage of Rothschild family and business matters; correspondence with members of the Rothschild family. 

Kent History and Library Centre

Correspondence with Rothschild agents in Margate and Folkestone; papers relating to properties owned by Nathan Mayer Rothschild in Romney Marsh and Folkestone.

The London Library

Material concerning the Jews Free School and the Jewish Benevolent Loan and Visiting Society and other organisations supported by the Rothschilds.

London Metropolitan Archives

Papers relating to the Jews’ Hospital (1864-1934). and other organisations supported by the Rothschilds; Administrative papers of the Alliance Assurance Company, 1924-1965; Papers of the Central British Fund concerning Jewish relief during the Second World War.

The Mercers' Company

The archives of The Mercers' Livery Company contain historic papers concerning land and property in  London and the Vale of Ayesbury owned and rented by members of the Rothschild family, together with more recent papers concerning charitable and legal matters.

The National Archives

The National Archives contains papers filed in the public domain relating to wills, legacy duties and other estate matters concerning deceased members of the Rothschild family. Other papers will be found in records of the Dominions Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, records of the Exchequer, records of the Home Office; records of the Royal Mint; records of H M Treasury; records of the War Office; records of the Office of Works; and records of the British Museum. Genealogists seeking information about Rothschild employees at their many estates and residences may find entries in the relevant census returns.

The Natural History Museum, London 

Material relating to natural history and science, and the bequests of the Rothschild family.

The Natural History Museum at Tring

Material relating to natural history and science, and the bequests of the Rothschild family.

Norfolk Record Office

Telegraphs from James de Rothschild (1878-1957), 1913. (James de Rothschild was Conservative MP for the Isle of Ely from 1929 until 1945.)

The Royal Geographical Society

Correspondence with Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942) concerning plant hunting expeditions and horticulture; Papers relating to the election of members of the Rothschild family to the Society.

The Royal Institute of British Architects

Papers and drawings of George Devey, architect of Rothschild buildings in the Vale of Aylesbury, such as buildings on the Mentmore Towers estate, buildings on the Tring Park estate, Eythrope House and Ascott House. 

The Royal London Hospital Archives

Annual reports recording Rothschild donations, newspaper cuttings; correspondence with Lord Knutsford (formerly Sydney Holland), chairman of the Hospital.

Southampton City Archives

Records of the Southampton and District Temperance Council (Lady Annie Rothschild (1844-1926) was a president); correspondence with members of the Rothschild family 1863-1925. 

Suffolk Record Office

Material relating to the Rothschild property Palace House, Newmarket, and other material relating to horse-racing.

Teeside Archives

Land/house sales agreements and title deeds between Nathan Mayer Rothschild (and others) and the Owners of the Middlesbrough Estate. 

The Times Archive

Newspaper coverage of Rothschild family and business matters. Correspondence with the Rothschild family 1848-1913. 

University College London

University College Library Special Collections hold papers of Huth Frederick & Co, a merchant bank who engaged in quicksilver business with the London house.

Waddesdon Manor

Records relating to the Rothschild estates of Waddesdon and Eythrope; personal records of the Rothschild family resident at Waddesdon and Eythrope; Records of PICA, the Palestine Jewish Colonisation Association, 1860s-1980s.

West Sussex Record Office

Abel Smith Papers concerning the attempts of Lionel de Rothschild (1808-1879) to take his seat in the House of Commons; handbills giving results of parliamentary elctions,1847; correspondence concerning the position of Baron Rothschild and David Solomons as Members of Parliament 1849-1852.

The Wiener Library

Papers of the Central British Fund concerning Jewish relief during the Second World War.

The Wildlife Trusts

Material relating to Charles Rothschild’s activities in establishing the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves. Note: this material has now been deposited with The Rothschild Archive London; the collection has been digitised by The Wildlife Trusts and is available on The Wildlife Trusts website.

Map of industry in north-west England: published by N M Rothschild & Sons with the prospectus for the Manchester Ship Canal loan 1886

Map of industry in north-west England: published by N M Rothschild & Sons with the prospectus for the Manchester Ship Canal loan 1886