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The Ascott Collection

A collection of documents, volumes, photographs and artefacts from the muniment room, Ascott House, deposited with The Rothschild Archive London by Sir Evelyn de Rothschild. 

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 »

The Ascott Collection I, 1790; 1820-1953

000/0924, 25 boxes

A collection of documents, volumes, photographs and artefacts from the muniment room, Ascott House, deposited with The Rothschild Archive London by Sir Evelyn de Rothschild. The Ascott Collection consists of family papers relating to Lionel (1808-1879) and Charlotte de Rothschild (1819-1884), Leopold (1845-1917) and Marie de Rothschild (1862-1937), Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild (1840-1915), Ferdinand (1839-1898) and Evelina (1839-1966) de Rothschild, Louise, Lady Anthony de Rothschild (1821-1910) and the Perugia, Landauer and Schey families. The papers reflect the personal interests and everyday lives of members of the Rothschild family, and include scrapbooks, newspaper cuttings, family pedigrees, family correspondence, diaries, and material relating to marriages and deaths. 000/924/19/1 and 000/924/19/2 are a collection of press cuttings concerning stories relating to the Rothschild family, taken from sundry publications, 1829-1953. 

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The Ascott Collection II, 1858-1954

000/1373, 25 boxes

A collection of documents, volumes, photographs and artefacts from the muniment room, Ascott House, deposited with The Rothschild Archive London by Sir Evelyn de Rothschild. The Ascott Collection consists of family papers relating to Lionel (1808-1879) and Charlotte de Rothschild (1819-1884), Leopold (1845-1917) and Marie de Rothschild (1862-1937), Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild (1840-1915), Ferdinand (1839-1898) and Evelina (1839-1966) de Rothschild, Louise, Lady Anthony de Rothschild (1821-1910) and other members of the extended Rothschild family. The papers reflect the personal interests and everyday lives of members of the Rothschild family, and include scrapbooks, newspaper cuttings, family pedigrees, family correspondence, diaries, material relating to marriages and deaths. This accession includes papers concerning horseracing, including St Amant’s famous Derby win of 1904, and personal correspondence of Lionel and Marie de Rothschild.

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The Ascott Collection III, 1867-1939

000/2019, 44 boxes

A collection of documents, volumes, photographs and artefacts from the muniment room, Ascott House, deposited with The Rothschild Archive London by Sir Evelyn de Rothschild. The Ascott Collection consists of family papers relating to Lionel and Charlotte de Rothschild, Leopold and Marie de Rothschild, Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild, Ferdinand and Evelina de Rothschild, Louise, Lady Anthony de Rothschild and other members of the extended Rothschild family. The papers reflect the personal interests and everyday lives of members of the Rothschild family, and include scrapbooks, newspaper cuttings, family pedigrees, family correspondence, diaries, material relating to marriages and deaths. This accession includes a 1900 menu from Mentmore Towers, testimonials to family members, a large volume of photographs and other images collected by Leopold de Rothschild on his travels in 1867; family correspondence, family diaries, correspondence concerning the Boer War, papers concerning army manoeuvres at Ascott in the First World War, correspondence and other material relating to the First World War, family correspondence concerning the death of Evelyn Achille de Rothschild, inventories of furniture, pictures and household effects in various properties, family photograph albums, volumes and other material concerning St Amant’s Derby victory in 1904,  material relating to the wedding of Leopold and Marie in 1881, papers concerning the Royal events such as coronations, and Royal events and engagements attended by members of the Rothschild family.

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The Ascott Collection IV, tbc

000/2628, tbc

A quantity of archives, volumes and other artefacts from Ascott House. This accession is in the process of being sorted and listed, July 2019.

The Ascott Collection, Rothschild family books, 1787-1899

000/2167, 6 volumes

Six books belonging to members of the family, gifted to teh Archive by Sir Evelyn de Rothschild:  Ein Roman, J.W. von Goethe, (Frankfurt, 1810). Name on verso is 'Mrs N.M. de Rothschild'; Clavigo, J.W. von Goethe, (Frankfurt, 1787).  Name on verso is 'Mrs N.M. de Rothschild'; Lettre sur l'amitié entre les femmes, Mme de Maussion,  c.1825. Name on title page 'Madlle de Rothschild', lettered in gilt at foot of spine 'NR';  Briefe, Clementine von Rothschild, 1867; Histoire de la poste aux lettres, Arthur de Rothschild, 1873; Prayers and Meditations for every situation and occasion of life, translated and adapted from the French by Hester Rothschild, 1895. Inscription on flyleaf: 'To Master Evelyn Achille de Rothschild with best wishes for many very happy returns of the day. From your father's little friend Willie Tebbitt, January 1899'. (Note 'Hester Rothschild' was not related to the Rothschild family of Frankfurt).

The Ascott Collection, Rothschild family photographs, c.1860-c.1970

000/360, 6 boxes

Rothschild family photographs and illustrations from Ascott House, including photographs of Anthony de Rothschild (1887-1961), his wife Yvonne (1899-1976) and their children Evelyn (b.1931), Renée (1927-2015) and Anne (1930-1971). Also Evelyn Achille (1886-1917), Lionel (1842-1942), Leopold (1845-1917), Marie Perugia and members of the Perugia family; Nathaniel 1st Lord Rothschild (1840-1915) and Emma, Lady Rothschild (1844-1935) and their family; members of the Rosebery-Primrose-Dalmeny family; members of the family in costume for the 1897 Devonshire House Ball; images of Anthony, Evelyn Achille and others in service uniform (First World War). The collection also includes soem saundry non-photographic items such as cartoon drawings of members of the Rothschild family and other drawings.

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The Ascott Collection, Rothschild family watercolours, n.d.

000/386 , 2 volumes

Two volumes of watercolours each bearing the monogram ‘A.R’; watercolours signed variously, ‘Annie’, ‘LdeR’.