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Stan Margulies Collection

Identifier: 2424

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.


  • 1936 - 2005
  • Majority of material found within 1977 - 2001


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.


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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.


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

Finding aid of the Stan Margulies Collection
Rebecca Hirsch
2011 June
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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.

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library Repository

Doheny Memorial Library G4
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0185 United States