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Purdue Research Foundation



  • Existence: December 30, 1930-

Historical Information

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 Research Foundation FAamily of Sites.

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Andrews, Frederick N., July 30, 1970

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSO 2, Series 1, Sub-series 1
Scope and Contents One oral history interview with Frederick N. Andrews by Robert B. Eckles.
Dates: July 30, 1970

G. Stanley Meikle papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 263
Scope and Contents The G. Stanley Meikle papers outline contributions Meikle made to the Purdue Research Foundation as well as published works concerning his professional career at Purdue University. Personal items are included in the collection such as a briefcase owned by G. Stanley Meikle as well as documentation of his professional contacts with members of industry. An unpublished personal memoir of Meikle's time at Purdue, describes his interactions with Edward C. Elliott as well as other Purdue faculty as...
Dates: 1926 - 1956

Purdue Research Foundation records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5
Abstract Project reports, research director’s calendars and reports, meeting minutes, and other records of the Purdue Research Foundation.
Dates: 1930 - 2014; Majority of material found in 1947-1960; Other: Date acquired: 01/11/2010

Purdue Research Foundation records, addition 02

 Unprocessed — Box: 01
Identifier: 20200116

Purdue University sesquicentennial collection

 Unprocessed — Box: 1
Identifier: 2023-087

David E. Ross papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 188
Scope and Contents The papers of David Ross, inventor, businessman, and chair of the Purdue Board of Trustees. Materials include certificates, deeds and other legal papers, genealogy materials, correspondence, newspaper clippings, speeches, photographs, scrapbooks, and artifacts documenting the life and career of David Ross. His papers cover a wide variety of subjects relating to his life and various farms and land he owned, and Martin Steel Products, as well as subjects relating to Purdue University, such as...
Dates: 1870 - 1943