The Royal Historical Society’s Camden Series is one of the most prestigious and important collections of primary source material relating to British History, including the British empire and Britons’ influence overseas.
The Society (and its predecessor, the Camden Society) has since 1838 published scholarly editions of sources—making important, previously unpublished, texts available to researchers. Each volume is edited by a specialist historian who provides an expert introduction and commentary.
Today the Society publishes two new Camden volumes each year in association with Cambridge University Press. You’ll find details of recent volumes below.
Accessing the Camden Series Online
The complete Camden Series now comprises over 325 volumes of primary source material, ranging from the early medieval to late-twentieth century Britain. The full series is available via Cambridge Journals Online, providing an extraordinarily rich conspectus of source material for British History as well as insights into the development of historical scholarship in the English speaking world.
A number of volumes are freely available through British History Online.
Editors of the Camden Series
From January 2022, the Camden Series will be edited by Dr Richard Gaunt (University of Nottingham) and Dr Siobhan Talbott (Keele University) whose appointment you can read about here.
Richard is Associate Professor in History at the University of Nottingham, with expertise in the political and electoral history of late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain. Siobhan is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at Keele University, with research expertise in the economic and social history of Britain and the Atlantic World. Both have extensive experience of preparing and publishing scholarly editions of primary texts.
Contributing to the Series
Richard and Siobhan welcome submissions for future Camden volumes. If you have a proposal for a Camden Society volume, please:
- complete and submit the Camden Series Proposal Form and send your completed proposal to the Editors: email@example.com.
If you are a contracted author, please refer to the Camden Style Guidelines when preparing your volume.
Forthcoming and recently published Camden volumes, 2020-22
Volume 63: Aristocracy, Democracy and Dictatorship. The Political papers of the Seventh Marquess of Londonderry, edited by N. C. Fleming (published September 2022).
The seventh Marquess of Londonderry (1878–1949) corresponded with the leading political figures of his day, including Winston Churchill (his second cousin), Neville Chamberlain, Stanley Baldwin and Ramsay MacDonald. Londonderry’s amateur diplomacy in the 1930s meant that his regular correspondents also included Hermann Göring, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Franz von Papen.
Volume 62: British Financial Diplomacy with North America 1944–1946. The Diary of Frederic Harmer and the Washington Reports of Robert Brand, edited by Michael F. Hopkins (2021)
Volume 61: Sir Earle Page’s British War Cabinet Diary, 1941–1942, edited by Kent Fedorowich and Jayne Gifford (2021)
Volume 60: The Letters and Reports of British Consular and Diplomatic Agents in Tripoli: 1792–1832, edited by Sara ElGaddari (2020)
Volume 59: The Papers of John Hatsell, Clerk of The House of Commons 1768 – 1820, edited by Peter J Aschenbrenner and Colin Lee (2020)
Full Series Lists
- Camden Fifth Series (volumes published from 1993 to the present)
- Camden Fourth Series (1969-1993)
- Camden Third Series (1900-1963)
- Camden New Series (1871-1901)
- Camden Old Series (1838-1872)