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Press sheets of “Fred Goudy, Type Designer”

File consists of numerous folded press sheets created in 1979 for “Fred Goudy, Type Designer”, as well as prints and mockup notes. File also contains a letter written by Rimmer explaining the process of this project and the reason for the project’s abandonment.

Rimmer, Jim

Posh initials – Lt. & Med., Credo Sans

File consists of records related to the design of the Posh and Credo typefaces. Records include large pencil and ink sketches of the former, and sketches and digitally-printed samples of the latter using the Ikarus program.

Rimmer, Jim

Pie Tree Press publications and related material

Series consists of material related to publications issued by Pie Tree Press, including books, prints, and broadsides. Includes material relating to Rimmer’s work on an abandoned book entitled “Fred Goudy, Type Designer,” and the development and publication of A Christmas Carol, Shadow River: the Selected and Illustrated Poems of Pauline Johnson, Leaves from the Pie Tree and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, as well as various Wayzgoose publications. Types of material in this series include drafts, mock-ups, proofs, prints, drawings, illustrations, pamphlets, booklets, broadsides, linocuts, and master patterns.

Rimmer, Jim

Photos taken by J.R. at Ho Sun Hing Printshop

File consists of photographs taken by Rimmer for inclusion in an article written for the American Typecasting Fellowship Newsletter about printing in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Photographs are accompanied with a brief text explaining their content.

Rimmer, Jim

P. Duensing

File consists of incoming correspondence from Paul Duensing, of Michigan, a sort of mentor to Rimmer. Records include postcards and letters reflecting their friendship and working relationship, comments concerning each others’ work, and discussion of mutual acquaintances and events and topics in the printing community.

Rimmer, Jim

Notes on type cutting

File consists of a single notebook containing text and accompanying sketches explaining the process of type cutting. Records also include sample prints and a metal letter punch.

Rimmer, Jim

Nephi Med[iaeval]

File consists of mounted ink drawings of Rimmer’s Nephi Mediaeval typeface, named after his father, in small caps. Records also include a printing of the first trial cast, dated from May 1981.

Rimmer, Jim

Mockup of “Fred Goudy, Type Designer”

File consists of records documenting the planned layout of “Fred Goudy, Type Designer”. Records include the text pasted to mock-up pages, showing how the finished book would appear. Includes hand-written notes, edits and a chronology of Goudy’s work.

Rimmer, Jim

Miscellaneous prints, small

File consists of four miscellaneous broadsides. Records include a keepsake printed for the first Vancouver Antique Book Fair by Barbarian Press; a Duthie Books book mark, “Goudy Initials” created by the Lanston Type Company; a print of Tom Sawyer and a bird; and a print of an unFile titled poem and accompanying illustration.

Rimmer, Jim

Miscellaneous photographs

File consists of various photographs documenting Rimmer’s life and work. Photographs show images of Rimmer’s band, the Apex Jazz Band, a Thompson Caster, and various images of the process of type cutting. Also included are photocopied photographs of Giampa visiting Rimmer’s foundry. Members identified in the Apex Jazz Band photograph are: Chris Thornly, Alex Key, Barb Humphries, Mike Lord on the trombone and Jeff Leader on the drum.

Rimmer, Jim

Miscellaneous correspondence #2

File consists of miscellaneous incoming correspondence, including invoices, comments concerning Rimmer’s work, photocopied articles, letters of thanks, postcards, and information regarding the Alcuin Society’s Wayzgoose.

Rimmer, Jim

Miscellaneous correspondence #1

File consists of miscellaneous incoming correspondence, including comments from admirers of Rimmer’s work, letters of thanks for tours and talks, information about printing equipment and material, and comments on articles written by Rimmer.

Rimmer, Jim

Misc. typeface designs – not produced

File consists of records documenting Rimmer’s design of several typefaces, most of which were never produced. Records include ink, pencil and colour sketches and drawings, and sample prints. Typefaces sketched include: Cochin, Pericles, Village 3 or Mr. Goudy, Munchen, Topaze, Stone, Hannibal, Dokument Gothic, Computer City, Amethyst, Scribus Titling and Fred, or Mr. Goudy.

Rimmer, Jim

Misc. hand-cut metal types

File consists of records related to Rimmer’s typeface design, including Juliana Old Style, Fellowship, Nephi Mediaeval, Hannibal, and Duensing Titling. Records include sketches in pencil and ink of typefaces and the design process, printing samples, and proofs. File also includes a portion of the keepsake produced by Rimmer for the 1984 American Typecasting Fellowship conference and a print of himself at work.

Rimmer, Jim

Media articles

File consists of copies of articles about Rimmer’s work from various media sources, including “aq, the magazine of SFU”, “Inkings”, “Print Action”, and “The Printer”.

Rimmer, Jim

Master art work – 3 typefaces

File consists of records related to Rimmer’s design of three typefaces, including Juliana Old Style, named after his daughter who passed away, and two incomplete types. Records include mounted ink drawings and pencil sketches.

Rimmer, Jim

Masquerading North

File contains two broadsides of “Masquerading North”, a poem by Robert Kroetsch, illustrated and printed by Rimmer on handmade paper by Brian Queen. The print was made for Cameron Treleaven of Aquila Books, Calgary. The copies are initialed by Rimmer, Queen, and Kroetsch. Note attached to verso explains the making of the paper, including the location where the material was collected.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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