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Rimmer, Jim Arts and culture
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A Christmas Carol blocks

File consists of blocks engraved by Rimmer used to pull prints for the Pie Tree Press publication of A Christmas Carol. Page numbers of the illustrations are indicated on the side of the blocks.

Rimmer, Jim

Albertan

File consists of records related to Rimmer’s typeface design of Albertan, named after his wife. Records include ink, pencil and digital sketches in ink and pencil, mounted sketches, doodles, and samples. Sketches are of Albertan, Albertan Bold, and Albertan Italic.

Rimmer, Jim

Albertan Bold

File consists of records related to the design of the “Albertan Bold” typeface, named after Rimmer’s wife, Alberta. Records include pencil sketches, and a cover used for a book of design samples featuring the Lancelot Titling and Garamond types.

Rimmer, Jim

Albertan metal and digital

File consists of records related to the design of the Albertan typeface, named after Rimmer’s wife, Alberta. Records include pencil and ink sketches on tracing paper and sketching paper, a printout of all types available from Rimmer, transfers of the type, and a keepsake printed for the American Typecasting Fellowship 1990 conference, held in Nevada City, California, explaining the design process and availability of the type.

Rimmer, Jim

Alcuin Press material

File consists of excerpts of “Ten Canadian Private Presses,” published by the Alcuin Press in 2002. The excerpts include an article discussing Rimmer’s work and several samples of his type and illustrative work.

Rimmer, Jim

Art prints and illustrations

Series consists of numerous prints and illustrations created by Rimmer as art pieces, as well as linocut blocks, woodcut blocks and stencils created by Rimmer to produce prints. Includes images of animals, people, still life, Frederic W. Goudy and keepsakes created for the American Typecasting Fellowship, (A.T.F.) and other associations.

Rimmer, Jim

Being Five or Six

File consists of records related to the printing of “Being Five or Six”, created for Wayzgoose 84. Records include a copy of the text, a preliminary mockup with corrections, and a copy of the final product. The book is printed on mulberry paper, and handset in Juliana Old Style. Lino block illustrations were also completed by Rimmer.

Rimmer, Jim

Broadside of Leaves from the Pie Tree

File consists of a single broadside for Leaves from the Pie Tree, Rimmer’s forthcoming autobiographical work. Record is noted to be page 1 of the publication, and the text introduces Rimmer’s work.

Rimmer, Jim

Cartier lowercase

File consists of records documenting Rimmer’s design of the Cartier lowercase typeface, inspired by Carl Dair’s Cartier typeface designed for Canada’s centennial in 1967. Records include prints and proofs of the design at various stages of development. Records also include a pamphlet providing information on Dair’s design process, a master pattern card of the letter ‘b’, and a sample print to be used for wrapping the font.

Rimmer, Jim

Christmas keepsake books

File consists of six Christmas keepsake books, including two keepsakes printed by Pie Tree Press: “Sounds of Singing” (three copies) and “The Legend of the Christmas Tree”.

Rimmer, Jim

Commercial work

Series consists of sample, draft and completed commercial work produced by Rimmer as a free-lance designer employed by various companies, organizations and individuals. Records include items completed by Rimmer for Colophon Books, including Alison’s Fishing Birds and preliminary work on Allen Ginsberg’s Meditations at Lake Louise; editorial cartoons created by Rimmer for the Williams Lake Tribune from 1960 to 1961; and numerous prints, paintings, and logos created for commercial purposes. Companies, organizations and individuals represented include Murchie’s Tea and Coffee Ltd., Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Air Canada, Vancouver Public Library, Hot Jazz Club, the band Heart, Whistler village, Shrine Circus, and Douglas & McIntyre Publishers.

Rimmer, Jim

Correspondence

Series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence of a personal and business nature between Rimmer and various members of the printing community, including Paul Duensing, Jules Remedios Faye, Richard L. Hopkins, Richard Kegler, Robert R. Reid, William Rueter, Andrew Steeves, Christopher Stern and Alan C. Waring. Correspondence includes technical advice and comments on recent work. Records also include contact information, thank you letters and prints, as well as correspondence related to various organizations, including the American Typecasting Fellowship, Typochondriacs and the Alcuin Society.

Rimmer, Jim

Cotillion

File consists of records related to the design of the Cotillion typeface. Records include ink and pencil sketches on both paper and tracing paper and digitally-printed samples using the Ikarus program.

Rimmer, Jim

Cree

File consists of records documenting Rimmer’s design of the Cree Syllabic typeface, a revival of the typeface devised and cut by Reverend James Evans in the early 19th century. Records include the first proof of the type and sketches in ink and pencil, as well as information concerning Rev. Evans, a syllabic chart, copies of the syllables to be cut, and correspondence from Robert Bringhurst. File also contains an explanatory note added by Rimmer to explain his motivation and design process.

Rimmer, Jim

Cree typeface

Record includes the master patterns in both metal and wood and board, and specimen castings.

Rimmer, Jim

Dickens proof sheets

File consists of proof sheets of the text to be printed in Rimmer’s publication of A Christmas Carol. Records include edits and notes by Rimmer and Crispin.

Rimmer, Jim

Dummy of A Christmas Carol

File consists of a dummy of A Christmas Carol demonstrating the publication process. Dummy includes samples binding options, preliminary sketches, optional designs and lettering and printed text.

Rimmer, Jim

Early Printers in the City of Venice

File contains five broadsides of “Early Printers in the City of Venice”, which Rimmer reset from an original text page by Bruce Rogers. The piece showcases Goudy’s Italian Oldstyle in two font sizes. The broadsides were printed by Rimmer for members of Graphic Designers of Canada, and each copy is initialed by Rimmer.

Rimmer, Jim

Fellowship

File consists of records related to the design of the Fellowship typeface, designed by Rimmer subsequent to his attendance of the American Typecasting Fellowship conference in 1984. Records include sketches on transparency paper, ink drawings, and photocopies made from drawings in two larger sizes; several include edits and notes. Sketches include lower and upper case letters, numbers, and accents. A page printed with samples of the typeface is also included.

Rimmer, Jim

First draft – Times Burgess Italic

File consists of Rimmer’s first sketch of the small caps of an italic type to accompany the Time 54 typeface. Sketches are in pencil on the verso of illustrative proof-sheets.

Rimmer, Jim

General photographs

Series consists of slides and prints featuring images of Jim Rimmer, as well as various aspects and stages of the printing process and the design and cutting of metal typefaces in his studio. Also included is an image of Gerald Giampa.

Hannibal

File consists of records documenting Rimmer’s design of the Hannibal typeface, named after the birthplace of Mark Twain. Records include first and second design sketches, sample print-outs, a transfer sheet of English Garamond, instructions and notes to self, print of the second proof, digital sketches, and a sketch of the parameters of the font.

Rimmer, Jim

Hannibal Mac font

File consists of records documenting Rimmer’s design of the Hannibal typeface, named after the birthplace of Mark Twain. Records include tracing paper samples, digital print-outs using the Ikarus program, instructions to self regarding modifications and required future work, samples, and printed letters. File also includes a sample of the Amethyst typeface.

Rimmer, Jim

Jim Rimmer collection

  • MsC 41
  • Fonds
  • 1930-2012, predominant 1960-2010

The collection reflects Rimmer’s career as a designer, illustrator, printer, and publisher, and his involvement with members of the printing community and various associations. Records document Rimmer’s graphic design, typeface design and printing processes and accomplishments, and the publication activities of Pie Tree Press. The extensive graphic material within the collection includes sketches, drawings and prints. Also included are Rimmer’s linocut and woodcut blocks, as well as master patterns, specimen castings, matrices, lead working patterns, and cast metal sorts for many of his metal typefaces. The collection is arranged into nine series: Correspondence (1930-2010, predominant 1978-2010); Subject files (1938, 1956-[2009?]); Pie Tree Press publications and related material ([ca. 1978-2009]); Typeface design ([1971-2010]); Commercial work (1960-2009); Art prints and illustrations ([1970-2010]); Promotional and advertisement material ([197-?]-2008); Works by others regarding Jim Rimmer (1982-2012); and General photographs (1961-2002).

Rimmer, Jim

Kaatskill

File consists of records related to the design of the Kaatskill typeface, including digitally-printed samples and various sketches. Records also include a set of notes relating Rimmer’s process in reviving this typeface, referring to attached samples, portions of finished art ready for digitization, linear drawings, and initial drawings. These notes are numbered in the order in which each step is carried out. Also includes a sample of Goudy’s use of Kaatskill in Rip Van Winkle.

Rimmer, Jim

Lapis Bold Rom. Italic SC

File consists of records related to the design of the Lapis Bold typeface in small-caps roman and italics formats. Records include pencil sketches on tracing paper and ink drawings on paper.

Rimmer, Jim

Lapis Lt. Rom & Italic & SC

File consists of records related to the design of the Lapis Light and Nefertiti typefaces. Records include pencil sketches on tracing paper and ink sketches.

Rimmer, Jim

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