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Donald Margulies papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1051

Scope and Contents

The Donald Margulies Papers, which span from 1935-2014, contain extensive writings, drafts, notes, and correspondence related to Margulies life and work. The papers also contain personal and business documents, journals, and financial records, along with audiovisual and born digital materials.


  • 1935 - 2014


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 116-119 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 120-122 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Donald Margulies Papers Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Tuna on Rye Productions, Inc., on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2015.


54.33 Linear Feet (122 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

Donald Margulies

Donald Margulies (1954-) is an American playwright, writer, and educator who has written for the stage and screen. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Margulies graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Visual Arts. His notable works include The Country House (2014), Time Stands Still (2009) and Brooklyn Boy (2004). His works Sight Unseen (1991) and Collected Stories (1996) were both finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Dinner with Friends (1998) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2000. Margulies has also won awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, the National Foundation for Jewish Culture Award in Literary Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Nargulies is a professor of English and Theatre Studies at Yale University.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Donald Margulies Papers
by Beinecke staff
January 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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