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Finding aid of the Stan Margulies Collection 2424
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Biographical Note
  • Organization
  • Scope and Content
  • Preferred Citation

  • Title: Stan Margulies Collection
    Collection number: 2424
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 85.0 Linear feet
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1977-2001
    Date (inclusive): 1936-2005
    Abstract: The Stan Margulies Collection consists of the papers of Stan Margulies. Margulies was a producer of made-for-TV movies and miniseries, including the ratings hits Roots and The Thorn Birds.
    creator: Margulies, Stan

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Biographical Note

    Stan Margulies was born in New York City in 1920. He attended New York University, served as a Staff Sargeant in the US Army during World War II and moved to Los Angeles in 1947 to work as a publicist at RKO Pictures. He married his first wife, Lillian, in 1943. They had two sons, Lee and Edward, and a daughter, Lisa. A couple of Margulies' more well-known films include Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines and If It's Tuesday This Must Be Belgium, the latter of which he partnered with David Wolper. Their partnership is best known for producing the miniseries Roots (1977) and The Thorn Birds (1983) and lasted through the production of the miniseries The Mystic Warrior in 1983. They also produced the original film version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971).
    After separating from Wolper, Margulies continued to produce made-for-TV movies and miniseries. He won Emmys for producing Roots, Roots: The Next Generation, and Separate But Equal. In 1993, Margulies married his second wife, Ferne. He passed away in Los Angeles in 2001.


    The Stan Margulies Collection is organized into the following 38 series:
    1. 10,000 Black Men Named George
    2. 500 Pound Jerk
    3. Broken Angel
    4. A Bunny's Tale
    5. Crossing to Freedom
    6. Dash and Lilly
    7. Don't Just Stand There!
    8. Embassy
    9. I Love My Wife
    10. I Will Fight No More Forever
    11. If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
    12. The Jacksons: An American Dream
    13. A Killer in the Family
    14. The Lady in Question
    15. The Man Who Captured Eichmann
    16. Men of the Dragon
    17. The Morning After
    18. The Mystic Warrior
    19. Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story
    20. One is a Lonely Number
    21. Out on a Limb
    22. Roots
    23. Roots: The Next Generations
    24. The Scarlett O'Hara War
    25. Separate But Equal
    26. The Silent Lovers
    27. Stay the Night
    28. This Year's Blonde
    29. The Thorn Birds
    30. Unwed Father
    31. Visions of Eight
    32. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    33. Agatha Christie Movies
    34. Unproduced Projects
    35. Miscellaneous Projects
    36. Stan Margulies Company
    37. Personal Papers
    38. Books

    Scope and Content

    The Stan Margulies Collection consists of Margulies' business and personal papers and dates predominantly from after 1983, when his partnership with David Wolper dissolved. The papers, arranged by project, include scripts, treatments, drafts, budgets and other financial information, cast and crew deal memos, correspondence, notes from the networks on which Margulies' programs aired, location files, shooting schedules, and other files maintained by Margulies while producing made-for-TV movies and miniseries. Margulies' personal papers include photographs, awards and certificates, crew lists and correspondence. The papers of the Stan Margulies Company include business correspondence, tax forms and documents pertaining to Margulies' other business interests.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Stan Margulies Collection, Collection no. 2424, Cinematic Arts Library, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Margulies, Stan -- Archives
    Stan Margulies Company. -- Archives
    Jacksons, an American dream (Television program)
    Made-for-TV movies--Archival resources
    Roots (Television program)
    Television adaptations--Archival resources
    Television mini-series--Archival resources
    Television producers and directors--Archival resources
    Television scripts
    Television--Archival resources
    Thorn birds (Television program)