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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 London

The Rothschild Archive maintains a research centre in the City of London. Our Reading Room is open to bona fide researchers, by prior appointment only, between 10.00am and 16.15pm, Monday to Friday.

UK public holidays are observed. The Archive does not close for lunch, with the exception of the last Thursday of each month, when the Reading Room will close between 12.15pm and 1pm. Researchers should note that on rare occasions it may be necessary to close the Reading Room early or at short notice. More about our Reading Room here »

Contact us first about your research

Researchers wishing to consult material in the Archive should first contact the archivist with details of their research proposal. All researchers are required to register with The Rothschild Research Forum, providing two written references in support of their application in advance of their visit. If you are not already a member, please register here »

Catalogue

Please consult the online Guide to the collections of Rothschild Archive for more infomation about our collections.

Request an appointment with us

Once accepted as a member of The Rothschild Research Forum, you may request an appointment with us to consult original sources. Archive material dated after 1945 is not generally available to researchers. Applications to consult some parts of the collection that are available after this date must be made to the archivist. Researchers are required to sign a copy of our standard agreement on their first visit. A copy of the text of the current Research Agreement may be found here »

Planning your visit

The majority of the collections in London are stored offsite. Researchers are requested to identify material of interest from The Guide to the collections of The Rothschild Archive in advance of their visit, giving us at least 48 hours’ notice to ensure material can be retrieved. It is not possible to request bulk orders of large numbers of volumes or runs of boxes; the archivists will advise on what may be consulted at any one time. Researchers are asked to bear this in mind when planning their research with us, as they may need to make more than one visit in the course of their research.

Brazilian bond issued by N M Rothschild & Sons in 1911

Brazilian bond issued by N M Rothschild & Sons in 1911

Packets of telegrams received by the London bank in the 1930s

Packets of telegrams received by the London bank in the 1930s