These "archives" are a collection of user-created materials related to Infini-D that aren't models, textures, or helper applications; rather, they contain materials surrounding its past consumerbase, such as screenshots, magazine clippings, emails, and other items of that nature. They take the place of the Infini-D 4.0 Information Page, a section of the original Infini-D Resource Page dedicated to the then-upcoming Infini-D 4.0.
In other words, a pile of impractical old crap compiled for your (but probably really just my) enjoyment.

Infini-D 4.0 Prerelease Materials

Infini-D 4.0 was followed quite extensively by the original Resource Page prior to its release. Here are some materials related to this long-missed hype train:

The Official Specular Infini-D 4.0 Information Page
The Infini-D 4.0 Press Release
A Preview of Infini-D in MacWeek

And here, to my great delight, is one of the most enthused emails I've ever seen in my life:

Date: Thu, 27 Feb 1997 23:00:41 -0800 (PST)
Mime-Version: 1.0
From: Shawn Kummer
Subject: Big News Please Post

WOW WOWWOW WOWWOW WOWWOW WOWWOW WOWWOW WOWWOW WOWvWOW WOWWOW WOWWOW WOWWOW WOWWOW WOW!!!! V O L C A N O Today I went to 3D Power for Digital Video with Infini-D 3.5. The seminar started out kind of basic but the speaker Matt said we should all hold on to our hats for the BIG Present at the end. He was right. I got to see the beta of Infini-D 4.0. It's GREAT!!!! I tried to watch the demo and write down all of the things he was saying were new so forgive me if I left things out. Here it goes...The code name fo this project is _____VOLCANO____ it uses the Alchemy technology! It supports After Effects and PhotoShop 4 Filters,super easy navigation in the windows,totally new looking interface looks very modern,IT HAS PARTICLE SYSTEMS. He should this demo of three flares and this ball flew through it and the flares reacted to the ball bye bouncing off of it. Inteactive wire frame preview. He should this demo of a cat mesh frame where he turned the head of the cat and the body twisted really life like. Reflex Filters,they said that the people who have been beta testing say the particle systems are as ggod as our better then Studio Max and Electric Image. Redone Interface also there is the ability to do audio in the sequencer. Another particel system demo he showed is where the particles followed the object over time. Also has a vertex form modeler Rewritten render,collission detecter for the particle systems so particles with lens flares. The ship date is set for April 10-15 for the NAB conference in Vegas. I ordered my up grade their for $99.00 the regular up-grade price is going to be $149.00 Well I have to go to bed and dream about all the neat stuff I'll be able to make with V O L C A N O!!!!!!!! If any one has any ?s I'll try and remember more stuff tomorrow! Oh I also want to say that Apple did a great Job hosting this seminar at their head Qtrs in Cupertino. This was the first time I had ever been to Apple having just move to San Francisco from Hawaii. Apple gave every one who attended a copy of the COOOOOL INFINI-D Revealed book and the CD for free. I think I was in Heaven today! GREAT JOB SPECULAR STAFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!