Shreve Hall History

Shreve Hall opened in 1970 and was named after Eleanor Burns Shreve and her husband Randolph Norris Shreve. Eleanor was an author, educator, world traveler, musician, and constructive activist. She wrote and conducted scenarios for radio when radio was at its zenith as an entertainment and communication media.

Eleanor and her husband were instrumental in the development of the Taiwan College of Engineering in Formosa. To recognize their dedication and accomplishments to higher education and to Purdue University, the Board of Trustees named the residence hall in their honor. They also shared an interest in hard stone carving and developed an appreciation for gems, particularly jade. The Shreve Jade Collection is now housed at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.