By John Michael Foster
Project reports, research director’s calendars and reports, meeting minutes, and other records of the Purdue Research Foundation.
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The Purdue Research Foundation Records (1930-2011; 8.2 cubic feet) documents the history and function of the Purdue Research Foundation, from its founding in 1930. The bulk of the collection consists of materials from the 1940s and 1950s, including administrative records and project reports. Materials from other years are far less prominent. Documents within the collection include calendars, minutes, proposals, and reports. The Purdue Research Foundation Records are organized into three series: Administrative Records, 1933-2011; Project Reports, 1947-1960; and Miscellaneous Purdue Research Foundation Materials, 1931-2011
Founded in 1930, the Purdue Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization. Through contributions, the foundation provides scholarships, graduate fellowships, faculty grants, and cost-sharing grants. The foundation also manages the Purdue Research Park and Office of Technology Commercialization. Originally envisioned by David E. Ross, the Purdue Research Foundation enables Purdue University, as a public institution, to contract and conduct research with industrial innovators and developers. Ross, together with Josiah K. Lilly of the Eli Lilly and Company, initially donated $50,000 to launch the foundation, which exists today to “manage and license Purdue’s intellectual property, accept gifts, administer trusts, acquire property, negotiate research contracts and perform other services helpful to Purdue.” Earnings from long term investments and income from gifts, rentals, and royalties, constitute the foundation’s revenue.
Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Alternate Extent Statement:
5 c.f. boxes, 9 mss. boxes
Collection is open for research.
Physical Access Note:
No physical restrictions.
Purdue Research Foundation
UA 3, The Purdue Research Foundation records, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
All materials have been housed in acid-free boxes, and when applicable, acid-free folders. Much of the collection is organized by document type, with the project reports comprising Series 2 are arranged by the numerical designation of the project, rather than the year of the report. This corresponds with the order in which they were found.
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Series:
[Series 1: Administrative Records, 1933-2011],
[Series 2: Project Reports, 1947-1960
[Series 3: Miscellaneous Purdue Research Foundation Materials, 1931-2011
- Series 1: Administrative Records, 1933-2011
Series includes PRF Research Council meeting minutes, 1955-1959; research director’s calendars, 1933-1941, 1948, and reports, 1950-1954; miscellaneous summaries and reports from the 1950s and 1980s-2010s; proposals for McClure Research Park, 1965-1966; and XR Fund and Fellowship materials, 1933-1959. Director’s calendars served as case histories of active and on-going projects. They were presented each year at the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Purdue Research Foundation.
Materials in the series are arranged chronologically by document type. (3.2 cubic feet)