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“Printing History” controversy correspondence

File consists of correspondence concerning two articles featured in “Printing History” related to the design of an italic type to accompany Time 54. Records include correspondence from typographers and typographic historians John Dreyfus, Harold Berliner, Paul Duensing, and Walter Tracey. Records also include letters from Mike Parker, the author of “W. Starling Burgess, Type Designer?” which sparked the controversy, and an explanatory note written by Rimmer.

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

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

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

Text and mockup of A Christmas Carol

File consists of preparatory material for the layout of A Christmas Carol. Records include a photocopy of the text marked up to show the spacing to be used in Rimmer’s layout, including page and line breaks. Records also include a mockup of the publication with pasted text, sketches, and indications of the placement of illustrations. File also includes an overview of illustration placement.

Rimmer, Jim

Quill typeface

File consists of objects related to Rimmer’s Quill typeface, first designed in 1985, but not cut until 2005. Record includes the master patterns in both metal and wood and board, and specimen castings.

Rimmer, Jim

Cree typeface

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

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

“Fred Goudy, Type Designer” pages

File consists of two unfolded press sheet pages of “Fred Goudy, Type designer”; records are of the front page, and pages 10 and 12. One copy of “Fred Goudy, type designer.”

Rimmer, Jim

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

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

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

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

Robert R. Reid

File consists of numerous sample designs from Robert R. Reid designed and printed electronically. File also contains the original envelope sent to Rimmer.

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

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

Typeface design

Series consists of material related to Rimmer’s design and production of typefaces for both the Rimmer Type Foundry and the Lanston Type Company. Records include preliminary sketches, drawings in ink and pencil, transparencies, samples, digital print-outs, electronic files, master patterns, specimen castings, matrices, lead working patterns, and cast metal sorts. Some files contain notes and instructions for modification, and some include explanatory comments written by Rimmer. Electronic files were created by Rimmer on a Macintosh computer using the typeface design software IKARUS and saved to 3.5" floppy disks and compact discs.

Rimmer, Jim

Times Burgess originated by Jim Rimmer

File consists of records related to Rimmer’s design of an italic typeface to accompany Time 54. Records include pencil sketches, original key letters from a trial design, a series of second attempts, photocopies images of the letters, and the first sketch of the large caps.

Rimmer, Jim

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

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

Rimmer - Will Rueter correspondence

File consists of incoming correspondence from Will Rueter, a Toronto-area printer. Records include letters and postcards commenting on each others’ work, samples, and records related to an article written by Rueter about Rimmer’s work for “DA” [the journal, ‘The Devil’s Artisan’].

Rimmer, Jim

Rimmer – Envelopes & business cards

File consists of incoming correspondence, envelopes and business cards retained for their contact information. File also includes a slide photograph of a casting machine.

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

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