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Introduction to the Guide

The Guide forms an essential part of the finding aids for the Archive. Its express purpose is to convey to potential researchers information about the range of documents held in the Archive and to encourage greater use of a unique resource. 

The first comprehensive catalogue to the collections was published as a printed document in 2000 - The Rothschild Archive: A Guide to the Collections, ed. M.Aspey (RAL London, 2000). The current online Guide evolved from this document. 

The Guide is not an item-by-item listing of the records in the Archive. The detailed work needed to approach such a level of cataloguing for a collection with letters which can be numbered in the millions continues, and the Guide will reflect current progress.