Here are some links that may be of interest:
1. Get an idea of the time period we are talking about: This was the Windows of the day
2. This guy has info on active groups for Ansi and other digital Art: Heister's Digital Art Page
3. Doing Ansi on today's computers? Having a: DOS box
that supports ansi codes will help alot!
4. Yes! Folks are still BBS'ing and: BBS Archives
has loads of files and stuff for Ansi and BBS'ing
5. Download TheDraw: Site for TDRAW463.ZIP
, the gold standard in Ansi Drawing Programs,
from Shmuel Ross' TheDraw Page (Shmuel has a very interesting site).
6. More rampant history of the BBS scene at: TEXTFILESDOTCOM
7. A BBS on the Internet: River BBS
8. The Digital Graphics Group: ACiD Productions
. . . or download their ACiDDraw
drawing program from C/NET's download.com
9. Java Applets to allow direct viewing of most Ansi Art over the web: Ansi 2 Html
. . . site includes many artworks and other useful applications such as the ASCII Edit
program used for some of the displays here.