Are there any open complete and downloadable usenet archives?

I don't expect binaries to be included, only the text messages? If the complete archive is not available, than at least a partial archive of some categories? But the most interesting aspect for me is, if there are complete archives for at least a part of groups, so containing all posts from beginning until now?

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You should check out Exploring the USENET Archive: Early Thoughts and here is archive.org's archive.

  • Google Groups no longer appears to support search by author, archive.org's archive is not really searchable, and both are very incomplete, e.g. from the latter, comp has been removed. I suspect fully public and searchable archives may never reappear due to privacy concerns. Aug 29, 2021 at 12:44

Google's been hosting all the Usenet archives for some time.

Most of Google's archive only goes back to ~1990 - their oldest stuff is from 1986.

The Usenet Archive (http://www.crunchbase.com/company/the-usenet-archive) is more complete, going back to ~1980 - which technically was the beginning of the nn protocol "usenet". But the really old email based listserv archives seem to be gone.

[Someone has edited-swiped my answer. I don't believe the above information is true, google has been hosting the USENET archives all the way back since their inception -- something like 1975. --markj]

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    If you're going to mention GoogleGroups, you have to mention that it pre-dates Google, as it was originally DejaNews ... and there has been significant complaints about how Google handles the archival nature of GoogleGroups vs. newer posts.
    – Joe
    May 12, 2013 at 11:41
  • Thanks, feel free to make a new answer, I will remove mine.
    – Marcos
    Nov 12, 2013 at 4:05
  • Is there any way to download a full copy of either of these archives, or are they only exposed via search?
    – SuperAce99
    Feb 4, 2014 at 15:55

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