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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 - Season's Greetings

6: 1917 Christmas card sent to Mrs Leopold de Rothschild by the 56th (London) Infantry Division

On 4 August 1914, Britain declared war on Germany, following a complex set of aggressive military operations which had begun when Germany declared war on Russia. In the wake of the declaration, thousands of men joined up; by the end of the conflict over 70 million military personnel had been mobilised. Given the Rothschild family's close associations with London and Buckinghamshire, they were inevitably involved with the local Volunteer and Territorial units. The Rothschilds, along with many others, subscribed to charities and organisations sending parcels of food and luxuries to troops at the front, as well as providing measures of support to staff and employees from their estates on active service.

This card was received by Marie, Mrs Leopold de Rothschild from members of the 56th (London) Infantry Division. On the outbreak of the conflict the Division was initially used for garrison duty overseas in Malta. In February 1916 the Division was reconstituted as a fighting formation in the Abbeville district in France taking part in all of the major campaigns of the Western Front, seeing severe action.