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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

Exhibition - Motoring Rothschilds

3: Early motoring in France

The French Rothschilds were as quick as their English cousins to take to the road. 

Records of the family's pre-war motoring are preserved in The Rothschild Archives. Invoices and letterheads show that Edouard de Rothschild (1868-1949) and other members of the family purchased French marques such as Kellners Panhard-Levassors and Delaunays, as well as owning Rolls-Royces and Mercedes.  Edouard was no less adventurous than Lionel; papers in the Archive relate to charges for speeding brought against him by Neuilly-sur-Seine police in 1904 and again in 1906. The accounts for Henri de Rothschild (1872-1947) show that he spent over 10,000 francs a month on motoring, over £22,000 today.

Henri de Rothschild (1872-1947) had a particular association with the car manufacturer Société anonyme des automobiles UNIC, and in 1904 provided the finance necessary for UNIC’s founder Georges Richard to set up his factory in the western suburbs of Paris. At the turn of the century many London taxis were UNICs, and they later had a more sinister role in transporting troops to the front line in the First World War. Henri, later to study medicine, is credited with providing the design for a UNIC ambulance during the First World War. 

A Kellner c1906

A Kellner c1906

Selection of invoices

Selection of invoices