First post, by frostbyte
A couple of years ago I bought about 3,000 floppy disks from a guy in Los Angeles who once ran a PC shareware company. Many of the disks contained shareware downloads from various BBSes in that area, mostly from the late 80s to about 1994. Knowing their historical value, I copied the files off several hundred of these floppies for the sake of history before succumbing to fatigue.
The result is in this archive I am sharing: https://archive.org/details/frostbyte_1980s_DOS_collection
Note: As far as I know this is all shareware or freeware, roughly organized into whatever BBS they downloaded it from. There might be a few adult .GIF files from that era as well as some .FLI animations, so if that stuff offends you, steer clear. Otherwise I'm having a blast loading up .BASIC games from 1982. 😉
Update: As for those .ARC archives, I found a tool called Filzip from about 2006 that managed to open those under Windows 7.
Update 2: Soon I am buying 1,000 5.25" PC floppies from a guy locally which if they contain anything interesting, I will share here.
Update 3: For more files like this, search for "RBBS in a box" over at https://archive.org/details/cdbbsarchive