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Loans business of the Paris banking house
Throughout the 19th century, the primary and best known area of business of the Rothschild banking houses was the issuing of bonds as a means of raising loans, largely for sovereign governments.
The Paris house issued many loans, many in partnership with the London banking house. See The London banking house for papers relating to joint loans.
In 1972, the French Rothschild family deposited the archives of de Rothschild Frères with the Archives Nationales de France in Paris. These papers were subsequently transferred to the Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail in Roubaix, France, where they remain held on deposit. These papers contain substantial documentation relating to loans issued by the Paris house.