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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 Estate records

The Rothschild family was extensive, and they lived in many properties in England, France, Austria, Italy and Germany, employing many people in their houses and on their estates. Unfortunately, large quantities of papers concerning the routine affairs and management of many of the Rothschild estates and houses are known to have been destroyed.

Records relating to Rothschild estates

The Rothschild Archive London primarily holds the business records of the London firm of  N M Rothschild & Sons, together with some papers of Rothschild banking businesses in Paris and Vienna.

The archive has comparatively few records relating to the estates and private houses of the Rothschild family. Much of the archival material we hold relating to estates consists of photographs of the interior and exterior of properties, and gardens. Large quantities of records relating to the running and administration of houses and estates are known to have been destroyed, as estates passed through the generations, or left Rothschild family ownership. Many of the Rothschilds requested that personal records be destroyed upon their death. The estates for which we hold the greatest amount of archival material are: 

Aston Clinton

Exbury 

Gunnersbury Park

Halton House

Tring Park

Schillersdorf (Moravia)

and a number of French family properties

We also hold a very few items concerning Palace House and Mentmore Towers.

For further information about estate papers held by the archive, please see the Guide to the collections or contact us 

Employees in Rothschild houses and on Rothschild estates

The Rothschild Archive has very few records relating to employees of Rothschild houses and etates. As houses and estates were sold or re-developed, many records of the minutiae of domestic life have been lost.

For genealogy researchers, information about domestic and estate staff employed by the branches of the family can be difficult to find. If you know by which member of the Rothschild family or at which of the many Rothschild estates and houses a person was employed, we might be able to tell you a little more in general about the Rothschild family members they worked for, or the place they worked at.

Another useful starting point for research is to check the relevant Census returns, which may record staff who 'lived in' at a particular address.

Brief information concerning over 75 Rothschild estates and properties in England, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and The Netherlands will be found on the Rothschild estates pages.


The Billiard room at Halton House c.1884

The Billiard room at Halton House c.1884

Household staff at Gunnersbury Park 1914

Household staff at Gunnersbury Park 1914