The Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Guild, Local 839 Collection contains historical records relating to the organization of the Guild, jurisdictional disputes, and its support and involvement in union strikes. The bulk of the material found in the collection consists of by-laws, cartoons and sketches, correspondence, memorabilia, minutes, newspaper clippings, newsletters, notes for speeches, organizational leaflets and strike photographs. Of particular significance are the handbills, leaflets and photographs from the Walt Disney Strike of 1940/1941, extensive correspondence between union organizers Herb Sorrell and Pepe Ruiz, and records detailing the Terrytoon Strike of 1947. The collection has been divided into four series: Screen Cartoonists Guild, Local 839 (1937-1951), Federation of Screen Cartoonists (1939-1941), Walt Disney Studios' Strike (1941-1946), and Terrytoon, Inc. Strike (1945-1948).
Series I, Screen Cartoonists Guild, Local 839, consists of the Guild's by-laws, constitutions, correspondence, leaflets, pamphlets and printed material. The series is arranged in alphabetical order by type of material and chronologically within each grouping.
Series II, Federation of Screen Cartoonists, includes memorandums, printed material, organizational plans and statements. The material is arranged in chronological order.
Series III, Walt Disney Studios' Strike, consists of by-laws and leaflets pertaining to the Disney strike. Also included is a speech given by Mr. Disney (circa 1941) to studio employees. Leaflets are arranged in chronological order.
Series IV, Terrytoon, Inc. Strike, documents the strike's history through contracts, correspondence, financial records, minutes, newsletters and press releases. The series is arranged alphabetically according to the nature of the material and chronologically thereafter.