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French 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. Papers relating to members of the Rothschild family not born in France but who made their primary adult residence in France will be found listed here. 

The range and quantity of surviving papers held by The Rothschild Archive varies enormously. A few small collections of personal correspondence of the French Rothschild family are held by the Departement des Manuscrits, Bibilothèque Nationale de France, Paris. See French family papers held in the Bibliothèque nationale de France for information about these collections.

See also Named Collections, The Lafite Papers

The collection known as the Lafite Papers mostly to the French branch of the Rothschild family in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They were transferred to Château Lafite following the nationalisation of the bank in 1981. At the instigation of Baron Eric de Rothschild the papers were reviewed, listed and later transferred to the Rothschild Archive in London in 1994. Further papers of the French family were transferred to The Rothschild Archive from Château Lafite in 2001. They include papers concerning the operation of the Bank; papers relating to the family's properties and estates handled by the Bank on behalf of the family and papers held in the Bank for safekeeping, mainly concerning personal matters including estates, philanthropy, collections, and family events.

See also Named Collections, The Moscow Papers' (58 series)

These records, transferred to the Archive in June 1994, formed Fond 58 in the Centre for the Preservation of Historico-Documentary Collections in Moscow, previously known as the Special Archive, which was established in 1946 to house documents captured during the Second World War. The papers were transferred to London with the co-operation of the Chairman of the Committee for Archival Affairs of the Government of the Russian Federation. The collection consists of 1,395 files relating to 26 members of the Rothschild family and their relatives. Of this total number of files, 1,233 are concerned with six members of the family, and these are described in brief below.

Moscow Papers (58 series): Henri de Rothschild (1872-1946)

Drafts and proofs of his plays (154 files in total), many of which were written under the name Andre Pascal, dominate these files, but there is also general correspondence with companies regarding Henri's medical and pharmaceutical interests. (261 files, 1901-1937).

Moscow Papers (58 series): Alexandrine de Rothschild (1884-1965)

Alexandrine's files are largely concerned with the estates at Château de Boulogne, Iverny and Annaie. (151 files, 1905-1940).

Moscow Papers (58 series): Maurice de Rothschild (1881-1957)

The majority of Maurice's files are concerned with his senatorial responsibilities in the Hautes Alpes,but the activities of the Fondation Ophthalmologique Adolphe de Rothschild are also represented. (288 files, 1905-1940).

Moscow Papers (58 series): Robert de Rothschild (1880-1946)

Robert's files, along with Edouard's (below), represent more of the Rothschilds' business activities than the majority of the papers in the collection. There are a number of business reports on areas of Rothschild interest, such as nickel, silver and railways, as well as a few charitable interests.(45 files, 1853-1940).

Moscow Papers (58 series): Edmond de Rothschild (1845-1934)

Edmond's papers are virtually all dedicated to his collections of art and furniture and his concern with exhibitions of Judaica in the 1890s. A further category of papers, described by the Russian archivists as 'general' files, contains information about the Rothschilds and Palestine. (70 files, 1870-1939).

Moscow Papers (58 series): Edouard de Rothschild (1868-1949)

A heavily business oriented group of records, containing minutes of meetings of the boards of the seven major railway networks, 1928-1937, and a number of reports on various railways. Some cash accounts of the Paris house 1914-1917, and 1924-1925 also survive here, and some private business and personal correspondence. (418 files, 1890-1940).

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 »