The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
(Or "FTP site", "FTP archive") An Internet host
where program source, documents, e-mail or news messages are
stored for public access via anonymous FTP, Gopher,
web or other document distribution system. There may
be several archive sites (mirrors) for, e.g., a Usenet
newsgroup though one may be recognised as the main one.
FTP servers were common on the Internet for about ten years but
have been largely replaced by web servers since the invention of
the World-Wide Web and its HTTP protocol.
Some well-known archive sites included Imperial College, UK
(ftp://src.doc.ic.ac.uk/), UUNET, USA (ftp://ftp.uu.net/), GNU
The archie service attempted to index the contents of FTP
archives, foreshadowing the indexing of the web by Google and