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Call for Participants: The Rothschild Archive Summer School (London)

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Call for Participants: The Rothschild Archive Summer School (London)

March 14, 2014

The Rothschild Archive Summer School: The American Project 16 – 20 June 2014

The Rothschild Archive London is conducting a research project on the financial involvement of Rothschild in the Americas over the long nineteenth century. The project is based on the large quantity of archive materials that form part of the Archive’s holdings in Britain and France.
In connection with the project the Archive offers a summer school on historical methods and archival research. The programme will include sessions on  palaeography, research methods, nineteenth-century financial records, the structure and organisation of archives, and working with sources. The sessions will combine theory and practice in an informal setting.
Participants will learn how to work effectively with primary source materials, employ different approaches to Atlantic history in their research, gain a greater understanding of nineteenth-century finance and become familiar with the sources available in The Rothschild Archive. Furthermore they will develop an understanding of how collections are acquired and archives are organised.
The archive seeks applicants with an interest in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world that will employ materials in the Rothschild archives in their research projects.
Preference will be given to students who have already chosen dissertation topics and written a dissertation proposal.
 The Archive will cover lodging for students accepted on the course but students will be responsible for their own travel arrangements.
A complete application consists of:
* a covering letter outlining the candidate’s motivation to participate
 * a curriculum vitae
 * a letter of support from the candidate’s academic supervisor
Letters of support can be sent directly by post or by email to:
Kathryn Boodry
The Rothschild Archive
New Court,
St. Swithin’s Lane
Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials via email to Kathryn Boodry: kathryn.boodry@rothschild.com
Deadline for submission of applications is 14 March 2014.
All applicants will be notified by 7 April 2014.


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