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Rimmer, Jim English
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Works by others regarding Jim Rimmer

Series consists of works created by others relating to Jim Rimmer. Included are articles pertaining to Rimmer; journals, broadsides and pamphlets set in Rimmer typefaces; and memorial books. Series also includes records relating to the staging of ‘Rimmerfest’ at the SFU Vancouver campus in the fall of 2006. These records include electronic copies and colour printouts of photographs taken at ‘Rimmerfest’ and for a video presentation at the event; writings about Jim; a guestbook; and nineteen broadsides produced by friends and colleagues for the event.

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

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

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

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

Subject files

Series consists of records related to specific projects and topics, including Rimmer’s participation in the design of the Burgess Italic typeface and the debate concerning its origins. Other records include photographs relating to printing in Vancouver’s Chinatown, taken for inclusion in an American Typecasting Fellowship article; photographs of Rimmer’s foundry and jazz band; articles written by and about Rimmer; notes explaining his work process; awards; miscellaneous prints; and material relating to Frederic W. Goudy and Cobblestone Press.

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

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

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

Promotional and advertisement material

Series consists of material related to the promotion and advertisement of Rimmer’s typographic and graphic design work. Records include sample linocut prints, typeface samples, illustration proof-sheets, portfolios, and commercial advertisements.

Rimmer, Jim

Rimmer November 2006

File consists of notes and correspondence related to Bringhurst's participation in Rimmerfest, an event celebrating the life of Jim Rimmer, hosted by Simon Fraser University Library's Special Collections on November 25, 2006. Bringhurst's talk was entitled "Jim Rimmer in context."

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

Rimmer Type Foundry

File consists of printouts of pages from the web site, of biographical material and a catalogue of available digital typefaces designed by Jim Rimmer.

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

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

Quill

File consists of records related to Rimmer’s typeface design of Quill, first designed in 1985, but not cut until 2005. Records include an explanatory note from Rimmer explaining the design and typeface creation process, sample prints, photocopies, transfer paper, and drawings, as well as two master pattern cards for the letters “o” and “p”.

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

Cree typeface

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

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

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

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

“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

Proof for Emily Carr Institute typography class

File consists of two copies of a proof for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The proof shows the “Hannibal Oldstyle” typeface and includes a linocut print. Proofs were created for students of Linda Coe’s typography class at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, March 2004. Both proofs are initialed by Rimmer.

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

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

Rimmer – Newsletters, announcements, etc.

File consists of various items, including American Typecasting Fellowship, (A.T.F.) reports and membership lists, copies of “The Printer”, sketches, photocopied articles, Alcuin Society correspondence, type specimens and newsletters of the Typochondriacs and the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, (CBBAG).

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

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