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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

Access to collections held in Roubaix, France

Business records of de Rothschild Frères, Paris

Held by the Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail, Roubaix, France

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.

Catalogue

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

This 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.

Accessing the collections of The Rothschild Archive Trust held by the Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail, Roubaix, France

The Trustees of the Rothschild Archive Trust are the owners of this deposited collection, 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 an application to the Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail for permission to visit the Reading Room at Roubaix.

1. Researchers should first register with the Rothschild Research Forum giving an indication of their research interest and reasons why they wish to consult the Rothschild collections at Roubaix.

2. Researchers should then make an application to the Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail, Roubaix, France for permission for access to private archives that do not belong to the State. Further information, including a downloadable PDF of the Demande d’accès a des Documents d’archives Privées [Request to Access Private Archives] form can be found on the website of the Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail; see the Information Practiques/La salle de lecture [Useful Information/The Reading Room] section here »

3. The Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail, Roubaix, France will then contact The Rothschild Archive London on the researcher's behalf to verify their request and to obtain permission to release documents to the researcher.

4. The Rothschild Archive London will notify the researcher when all relevant permissions have been obtained. 

5. Researchers will be responsible for contacting The Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail, Roubaix, France to arrange their research visit. Researchers should take copies of all relevant documentation when they visit.

Planning your visit

Researchers must follow the procedures above. Access will be denied unless proper authorisation has been obtained in advance.

Researchers with the necessary permissions intending to visit are also strongly advised to check the opening times and services available at the Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail, Roubaix, France BEFORE entering into any travel or research commitments. 

Baron James de Rothschild founder of the Paris house

Baron James de Rothschild founder of the Paris house

de Rothschild Frères on the rue Laffitte Paris

de Rothschild Frères on the rue Laffitte Paris