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
Picture Screen Cartoonists Guild Collection
contains historical records relating to
the organization of the Guild, jurisdictional disputes, and its support and involvement in
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 industry's animators.
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