Diaries of Lady Lillian Spender (b. 1880) covering the years 1899-1966, recording social events and daily occurrences, people, social functions, dogs, music, houses and in particular great gardens, and were written primarily for circulation within her family. Her husband, Sir Wilfred, was administrator in the Ulster Volunteer Force, Secretary to the Northern Ireland Cabinet, 1921-25, and Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Finance, 1925-44; hence political figures and their wives also feature. The diaries are also accompanied by some correspondence and printed matter, 1911 and 1943-1961.
Of interest to those researching Ulster social life in upper class Unionist families in the first half of the 20th century
64 volumes occupying 12 PRONI boxes
See PRONI reference D/1633 and MIC/651 for catalogues of the papers. The catalogues are available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room.
See also http://www.proni.gov.uk/records/private/spender.htm for a more detailed introduction to the collection.