The Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists
Guild was a professional guild and labor union of cartoonists and animators. The Guild,
then known as the Hollywood Screen Cartoonists, held their first union meeting in 1937.
Throughout its existence the Guild represented animators at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the
Walter Lantz Studios, Walt Disney Studios, and Terrytoon, Inc. The
Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Guild Collection contains historical
records relating to the organization of the Guild, jurisdictional disputes, and its
support and involvement in union strikes.
The Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Guild, then known as the Hollywood Screen
Cartoonists, held their first union meeting in 1937. A formal constitution was drafted
in 1939, and the name Screen Cartoonists Guild (SCG) was adopted. In 1940, William
Littlejohn became the Guild's president. After their first year as a union, the SCG
represented cartoonists at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and the Walter Lantz Studios. The
Guild then consisted of approximately 115 members. Through successful collective
bargaining, the SCG was able to significantly raise the average wage paid to the
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