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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

7: 1956 Personal Christmas card sent by Victor Rothschild

Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, 3rd Lord Rothschild, (1910-1990), was a biologist, a cricketer, a wartime officer for the UK Security Service, a senior executive with Royal Dutch Shell and N M Rothschild & Sons, and an advisor to the UK governments. His choice of design for his card of 1956 shows an electron micrograph image of a sea-urchin egg. At Trinity College Cambridge, Victor worked in the Zoology Department before gaining a PhD in 1935. In 1950, for his work on fertilization, he gained a DSc. The design of his 1956 card, depicting the application of the latest technology appealed to Lord Rothschild’s scientific nature, and was in keeping with the spirit of the 1950s, when technology developed during the War was being applied to peacetime purposes.

This card bears the caption: "Ths is an electron micrograph, magnification 30,000 of the surface of a sea-urchin ehh three minutes after fertilization. The dark triangulkar head of the fertilizing spermatozoon can be seen, together with the circular middle-piece, just inside the surface of the egg. Christmas 1956."