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Purdue Research Foundation records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5

Scope and Contents

The Purdue Research Foundation Records (1930-2014; 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, 1931-2014


  • 1930 - 2014
  • Majority of material found in 1947-1960
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/11/2010


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Some material in this collection are in the public domain, while other material copyrights are held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Historical Inforamtion

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.

Sources: Purdue Research Foundation web pages


8.40 Cubic Feet (Collection is housed in five cubic feet boxes and 9 manuscript boxes.)


Project reports, research director’s calendars and reports, meeting minutes, and other records of the Purdue Research Foundation.

Arrangement Note

Materials in Series 1 and 3 are arranged by document type.  Series 2 items are arranged according to project number.

Physical Access Requirements

No physical restrictions.

Custodial History

Purdue Research Foundation to Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Records transfer from Purdue Research Foundation on January 11, 2010.

Processing Information

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. Addition 03 was processed into the collection in October 2023.
Purdue Research Foundation records
Mary A. Sego (March 2011), John Michael Foster (October 2012), Jennifer Sdunzik, Adelle Rogers, and Sara Pettinger.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Edition statement
Fifth edition. Collection description was first completed October 8, 2012.

Revision Statements

  • 2017-05-23: Collection identifier updated from UA 3 to UA 5 as of September 9, 2016. Updated Series 1, Box 5; added item 7, 2011-2012 Annual Report booklet, previously unprocessed, as of May 23, 2017
  • 2018-06-13: Additions from 2013 and 2014 were added to the record by Jennifer Sdunzik.
  • 2020-05-04: Collection description updated by Adelle Rogers.
  • 2023-10-24: Addition 03 added to the resource record by Sara Pettinger.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States