Scope and arrangement
The papers of Richard-Gabriel Rummonds were received initially in 1984, and, in three additions, in 1996,1998, and 2005. They span the years 1948-2003, and document his activities as industrial designer, book designer, commercial attaché and as founder, editor, printer, and publisher of The Plain Wrapper Press. Included are correspondence, 1948-2003, with friends, relatives, business associates, professional colleagues, publishers, artists, and authors, including Dan Russell, Paul Zweig, James B. Hutchinson, Scott Davis, Thomas Parkinson, Fritz Eberhardt, Steve Miller, Stefano Massetti, Julia Loving, Alessandro Zanella, and Charlotte Straub. Also included are work records for books printed by The Plain Wrapper Press, such as log books, progress folders, binding information, typescripts, galley proofs, art work, engraved plates collectors' cards, and public relations and promotional material. Some of the books represented are Siete Poemas Sajones, by Jorge Luis Borges; La Donna con la bocca aperta, by Luigi Santucci; The Ship of Sounds, by John Fuller; Lo Stemma Cittadino, and Italian translation of Franz Kafka's Das Stadtwappen. This series includes dossiers of artists and authors, and oversize material such as page and text proofs, book block mockups, templates, and imposition dummies.
There are also drafts of Rummonds' complete history of The Plain Wrapper Press, Fantasies and Hard Knocks: My Life as a Printer, and drafts of the checklist of books printed at the Plain Wrapper Press and its successor, Ex Ophidia.; and drafts of his syllabus/workbook, Problem-Solving and Printing on the Cast-Iron Handpress, which was used in a workshop Rummonds gave at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1991. The first edition of this workbook was read by Bradley Hutchinson and David Pankow, and their comments were incorporated into the revised second edition which Rummonds used in his second workshop at RIT in 1992. Rummonds later expanded the workbook into a comprehensive handpress manual titled Printing on the Iron Handpress: A Contemporary Approach with Selected Readings on Historical Practices. Text drafts 1 through 20 are sequentially grouped by chapter. During the process of revision the sequence of some chapters was altered to reflect the final arrangement of the material.
Finally, the collection includes records of Rummonds' work in graphic and industrial design, some of his teaching files, and copies of his numerous essays and lectures on fine printing and related topics.
The Richard-Gabriel Rummonds papers are arranged in five series:
(With friends, business colleagues, publishers, artists, and writers. Organized alphabetically within each year.).
(Includes typescripts and proofs, logbooks, project files, art and negatives, bindings, engraved plates, work progress checklists, bindings, and technical papers).
(Includes personal and business correspondence, 1960-1990. Organized alphabetically by year, with relatives, friends, artists, authors, bookbinders, suppliers of printing equipment, and others involved with The Plain Wrapper Press; book files, work records for books printed by The Plain Wrapper Press, including typescripts, edited and typesetting typescripts; translators permission; information about binding, costs, and distribution; log books, sketches and layouts; bibliography and memoir (Hard Knocks: My Life as a Printer); Handpress Manual (Problem-Solving and Printing on the Cast-Iron Handpress). Drafts 1-21; miscellaneous, solicited, and unsolicited manuscripts. Boxes 111, 112; grants; logbooks (work records); complete sets of ephemera printed at the Press and commercially; taxes and receipts, 1970-1990).
(Contains more records relating to the Handpress Manual (Printing on the Iron Handpress: A Contemporary Approach with Selected Readings on Historical Practices), and includes dummies, page proofs Sets 1 and 2, with author's manuscript corrections and revisions, highlighted references, corrected third set, design material for the Oak Knoll edition, photographs of printers including Richard Gabriel-Rummonds and Alessandro Zanella (Plain Wrapper Press), Harry Duncan (Rochester Institute of Technology. Elizabeth Corbet Yeats (Dun Emer Press), Frederic W. Goudy (Village Press), Albert Lewis and Harry Gage-Cole (Doves Press), Rino Grazioli (Officina Bodoni) and Robert Haas (Oficcina Vindobonensis) and miscellaneous photographs. Boxes 119-136).