The following articles were published in ABLative* between 1985 and 1997. The articles selected provide insights into the collections held by the NBAC and have a timeless quality that transcends the date of publication. Significant additions have been made to most of the collections mentioned in these articles. Detailed findings aids of these additions are available at the Archives.

The name 'ABLative' was derived from three sources:

  • 'A', 'B' and 'L' are the initials of part of our name - the Archives of Business and Labour;
  • the connotation which it has of protecting the core by burning away the periphery - an apt title for a newsletter published by an archives dedicated to preserving permanently valuable documents; and
  • the dictionary definition: 'a [grammatical] case which has amongst its functions the indication of place from which, time when, place in which, manner, means, instrument, agent etc'.