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Richard L. Hopkins

File consists of incoming correspondence from Richard L. Hopkins of Hill & Dale Private Press and Type foundry, West Virginia. Records include postcards and letters concerning the American Typecasting Fellowship conferences and newsletters, technical advice, the borrowing of material and comments on each others’ work.

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

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

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

“Printing History” journals

File consists of two copies of “Printing History”, the journal of the American Printing History Association. Issues feature articles concerning W. Starling Burgess and the design of an italic type to accompany the Times 54 typeface, and highlight the controversy over its design. The 1998 issue includes articles authored by Rimmer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Amphora” 76

File consists of a copy of Amphora 76, the journal of the Alcuin Society, and whose cover Rimmer designed and printed, and a separate copy of the cover. The journal also features an article written by Rimmer, and is set in his Kaatskill typeface. File also consists of the blocks used to print the cover illustration.

Rimmer, Jim

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