From July 2, 1907 to August 8, 1928, Willis “Billy” Borne worked as the cartoonist for the Asheville Citizen newspaper. Averaging over 280 cartoons a year, Borne composed more than 6,000 cartoons over the course of his career. This website presents these cartoons for the enjoyment of the general public and use by teachers, students, and historians.

For an introduction to the life and work of Billy Borne, see the exhibit Introducing Borne and His Cartoons or take a look at the biographical entry in NCpedia.

Users can view the cartoons by publication date (using the Browse Items tab) or take a look at a few curated collections (using the Browse Collections tab). The search bar draws from all information in the database, and searching by tag in the Advanced Search will yield the most precise results.


This digital project is the work of David Dry. David received his PhD in History from UNC Chapel Hill, previously worked as a history instructor at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and is currently an Instructor of American Studies and Humanities at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Morganton. Any questions or comments can be directed to david.dry.phd@gmail.com.

Special thanks is due to the Asheville Citizen-Times for permission to exhibit those cartoons still under copyright.