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In the collections of records of the London banking house will be found material relating to the Paris business. The private correspondence of the Partners received by the London house is extremely detailed and reveals much about the intricacies of business as well as brotherly tensions.

The Archive in London also holds some sundry business correspondence generated by the Paris house, acquired through purchase or donation.

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M M de Rothschild Frères: sundry business correspondence, state bonds, 1824

000/2136, 1 item

An agreement between Alexandre Baring, Jacques Laffitte and James de Rothschild, and the Minister of Finance Joseph de Villele, dated 22 March 1824, Paris. The agreement was for the conversion of state bonds from 5 to 3%, which was made possible by the general prudence of Villèle's administration under Louis XVIII. Villèle suggested that the funds generated by the conversion be used to  indemnify by a billion francs (le milliard des émigrés) those whose possessions had been confiscated during the Revolution.

M M de Rothschild Frères, sundry business correspondence from Spain, c.1843-c.1873

000/2412, 1 folder

A miscellaneous collection of 70 business letters written to de Rothschild Frères, Paris, from agents and individuals in Cadiz, San Sebastian, Malaga, Gibraltar, Santander, Granada etc, relating to Rothschild business in Spain, 1843-1873.

M M de Rothschild Frères, sundry business correspondence, Herzen family, 1849-1868

000/1640, 000/1758, 1 file, 1 volume

M M de Rothschild Frères, sundry business correspondence, Herzen family: photoocopies and transcripts of papers in collections of M M de Rothschild Frères in the Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail Roubaix. Alexander Herzen was a Russian emigré, assisted by James Mayer de Rothschild (1792-1868). Herzen was a writer and thinker known as the 'father of Russian socialism' and one of the main fathers of agrarian populism (being an ideological ancestor of the Narodniki, Socialist-Revolutionaries, Trudoviks and the agrarian American Populist Party). With his writings, many composed while exiled in London, he attempted to influence the situation in Russia, contributing to a political climate that led to the emancipation of the serfs in 1861. He published the important social novel Who is to Blame? (1845–46). In 1847, Herzen emigrated with his wife, mother and children, to Italy never to return to Russia. From Italy, on hearing of the revolution of 1848, he hastened to Paris and then to Switzerland. He supported the revolutions of 1848, but was bitterly disillusioned with European socialist movements after their failure. His assets in Russia were frozen due to his emigration, but James de Rothschild, with whom his family had a business relationship, negotiated the release of the assets, which were nominally transferred to Rothschild. Herzen returned to Geneva and, after some time, went to Paris where he died in 1870 of tuberculosis complications.

  • photocopies of papers from the collections of M M de Rothschild Frères, Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail Roubaix, concerning Alexander Herzen (1812-1870), including correspondence between Alexander Herzen, also his mother Louise Haag, and M M de Rothschild Frères, 1849-1868. (000/1640)
  • Ringbound volume of transcripts, translations and editorial comment: The correspondence of James de Rothschild with the Russian socialist Alexander Herzen (1812-70) in the Rothschild Archive at the Centre des archives du monde du travail, Roubaix.  Edited by Derek Offord, 2006. (000/1758)

M M de Rothschild Frères, sundry business correspondence, 1854-1857; 1861-1869

000/1531, 000/1795, 2 boxes

A collection of approximately 1000 letters written to de Rothschild Frères by various merchants and businessmen in the years 1854, 1856, 1857 and various years between 1861 and 1869. Removed at some time unknown from the archives of de Rothschild Freres, these items should properly be considered part of the collection now held at Roubaix.

M M de Rothschild Frères, sundry business correspondence, copper warrants, 1888-1889

000/573/1, 1 file

Copper warrants, being the one third balance of Cape Cooper Co. Ltd., account Messrs de Rothschild Frѐres, Paris.

  • Letter, 10 September 1890. Regarding particulars of Copper Warrants handed to the Cape Copper Co. Ltd.;
  • 28 Copper warrants, all dated 21 January 1889, acknowledging the orders of La Societe Industrielle et Commerciale des Metaux;
  • 1 Copper warrant dated 20 October 1888;
  • 48 Copper warrants all dated 20 February 1889, acknowledging the orders of La Societe Industrielle et Commerciale des Metaux for 620,000 tons. 

This collection originates from a tin trunk labelled 'Box 64' in the New Court vaults containing various items selected on grounds of historical interest by an unknown hand.  

M M de Rothschild Frères, sundry business correspondence, Walter Straram, c.1925

000/2675, 1 item

Correspondence (in French) of the chef d’orchestre, Walther Straram. The papers would appear to be an undated business plan for the 'operation and practical performance' of his orchestra, including costings and a draft programme of performance pieces. The plan includes provisions for revenue generation by rental of the 'theater' premises during 'non-playing' months. It is not clear who the plan is addressed to, but 'Bne E de Rothschild' is listed owning 1000 shares in his orchestra business.

Walther Straram (1876-1933) was a conductor active in France during the early twentieth century. he was born in London in 1876. He used an anagram of his surname, Straram, professionally. He worked at the Opéra and the Opéra-Comique in Pari before founding his own orchestra, the Orchestre des Concerts Straram in 1925. This ensemble was considered by some to be the finest orchestra in France at the time. Straram's orchestra emphasized contemporary music, contrasting with the traditional repertoire associated with the other leading orchestra in Paris: the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire. Straram premiered Ravel's Boléro as well as two of Messiaen's earliest orchestral works. In addition the Orchestre des Concerts Straram was conducted by Stravinsky for his first recording of The Rite of Spring in 1929, and also for the world premiere recording of the Symphony of Psalms in 1931.