First initiatives for collecting and archiving
The ongoing history of the KIT-Archives begins with its establishment within the University of Karlsruhe in 1985. The history of the archive, however, begins even earlier and information can be of use when conducting research.
The first indication of a depository for collections of historical value before the Second World War points toward the University library, which, at that time, was located in the main building on the Kaiserstraße.  Assuming that this corresponds with the facts, there was certainly no regular archiving of administrative documents that took place at this time. The first step in this direction was taken in 1943, when the Rectorate transferred records that were no longer required to the Karlrsuhe General State Archives, where they were given the holding number 448. The legal nature of this archiving was noted in 1972 by an employee of the State Archive: “holding 448 is known as a depository of the University of Karlsruhe.” 
Own safeguarding of archival materials
 KITA 21001, 1250 (30.06.1964, Rector Schulz to Nipperdey; 16.07.1964, Nipperdey to Rector).
 KITA 21001, 596 (Minutes of the Senate session of 13.05.1968).
 Year of death according to telephone information from Bamberg city council.
 KITA 21011, 1010 (31.12.1973, certificate of the rector).
 KITA 21001, 1250 (29.01.1970, Rector to Prof. Hübinger/Bonn).
 In a conversation in 2003, Ms. Laursson told the author that she had handed in photographs of university buildings to the Rectorate at the end of her job as head of the Faculty of Architecture's central photo laboratory. Ms Laursson worked at the university until 1970.
 KITA 21011, 1010 (31.12.1973, certificate from the rector). The chronicle in KITA 21007, 45-70.
 KITA 21011, 1011 (05.10.1973, job advertisement in 'Zeit').
 KITA 21011, 1011. The results of the questionnaire were entered into the official registry of the KIT archive.
 Information on the beginning and contents of the activity after oral information by Mrs. Reiff on 09.10.2008.
 KITA 28014 Collection of Personnel and Course Directories.
 Biography of Hoepke by Günther Grünthal in: Klaus Peter-Hoepke, Geschichte der Fridericiana. Stationen in der Geschichte der Universität Karlsruhe (TH) von der Gründung 1825 bis zum Jahr 2000, 2007, p. 16-19.