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The IF Archive was founded in 1992 by Volker Blasius at the Gesellschaft fuer Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung mbH Bonn. It was originally an FTP server running at
FTP mirrors soon appeared in the US and elsewhere. In 1999, Andrew Plotkin and Paul Mazaitis brought the IF Archive to the World Wide Web at
ifarchive.org. This was originally just a mirror, but when GMD was shut down in 2001, the
ifarchive.org site took over as the Archive primary server.
The Archive was hosted at Carnegie Mellon University for many years. In 2014, Mark Musante volunteered to take over the hosting. Then in 2017 Mark suggested that IFTF adopt the Archive. That work is now complete — and here we are.
(For more about the early history of the Archive, see this 2001 post by Stephen Granade.)