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English family papers

In this section will be found descriptions of discrete accessions of papers concerning individual Rothschild family members, arranged by the name of the family member to which they relate. The range and quantity of surviving papers varies enormously. Papers relating to members of the English family who later moved abroad will be found listed under the place of their adult residence. 

Very few caches of private papers from the Rothschild estates are known to survive. Surviving papers of the Rothschild family members listed here, have largely been deposited in the Archive after 1978. At some stage before much of the letter collections listed here were placed in the Archive, they had been arranged to form collections of senders' letters, and this order is preserved and described here. Private letters between members of the family may also be found preserved within the Bank's own filing system, particularly series such as XI/109 and XI/101 within the Correspondence Department.

See also The Named Collections

The Named Collections are large collections of family papers, photographs, publications and artefacts, usually relating to a number of family members, transferred from a particular location; they are named after the place from which they were transferred, or the person to which they relate. Additional papers relating to the Rothschilds listed here will be found in the Named Collections.

Access to some of these collections is restricted at the request of the donors and depositors. All papers later than 1945 are currently closed to researchers; for further information please contact The Rothschild Archive »