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Manuscript Collection No. 794
Funding for the arrangement and description of this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Stanley J. Waxman was born in Cincinnati in 1914. Educated at the University of Cincinnati and UCLA, Waxman was an actor, performer, and author. Following World War II service as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Waxman, together with his wife, Rena, performed public readings and dramatic presentations while also writing many plays and essays. Their play “Three by Two” was published in 1967 by Samuel French, and their most-often performed play, “Miracle at Midnight,” was later made into an ABC television special starring Sam Waterston and Mia Farrow.
In 1965, Waxman returned to UCLA to earn a Master’s degree in Speech. Following the completion of his degree, he taught and eventually headed the Speech and Communication Department at the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion for more than thirty years. He and his wife also sailed around the world twice, serving as drama teachers for the Semester at Sea program through Chapman College.
Waxman and Rena were married for fifty-five years, and they have a son and daughter and four grandchildren. Stanley J. Waxman died in 1998.
The Stanley J. Waxman papers consist of his writings (both professional and creative) together with correspondence and miscellaneous items. Included in the collection are drafts of fiction, plays, and poetry composed by Waxman along with course files and other materials pertaining to his extensive career as an instructor of speech at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Also included is Waxman’s "alphabet book," in which he defines – in prose – the meaning of select words such as "courage," "gratitude," and "creativity," etc.
Arranged in a single series.
Terms of Access and Use
This collection is open to all users. The original manuscript collection is available in the Barrows-Loebelson Reading Room of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.
Property and Literary Rights
Stephanie and Mark Waxman, by the act of donating the Stanley J. Waxman Papers to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by Stanley J. Waxman and his heirs. Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of materials.
Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. For more information see the American Jewish Archives copyright information webpage.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Stanley J. Waxman Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-794. Stanley J. Waxman Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Stanley J. Waxman Papers were received from Stephanie and Mark Waxman, Venice, Calif., June, 2010.
This collection was arranged and described according to minimal-processing standards. Processing was made possible through a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.
Processed by Kevin Proffitt, August, 2011.
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the American Jewish Archives's online catalog.
Persons and Families
Waxman, Stanley J., 1914-1998
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Los Angeles, Calif.
United States. National Historical Publications and Records Commission