Margulies (Stan) Collection Edit


Finding Aid Author
Rebecca Hirsch
Finding Aid Date
2011 June
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.


  • 1936 – 2005 (Creation)
  • 1977 – 2001 (Creation)


  • 85 Linear Feet (Whole)

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Organization

    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