St. Louis Mercantile Library

M-169: Emil Boehl Photographs of St. Louis

 

HISTORY: Emil Boehl was a St. Louis photographer who primarily focused his camera on St. Louis streets, buildings, and locales. Born in Calvoerde, Germany, in 1839, Boehl immigrated to St. Louis in 1854. After serving in the Union Army during the Civil War, Boehl returned to St. Louis in 1864 and opened a photography studio with Lawrence Koenig that spring. Koenig pursued portraiture and studio work, while Boehl became one of the most prolific St. Louis scenic photographers active in the latter half of the 19th Century. The Boehl/Koenig partnership lasted until 1897. Boehl retired from photography in 1919 and died later that year on the 12th of December

SCOPE: Boehl's career spanned much of the second half of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. The photographs in this collection date mostly from 1850 to 1880 and include such sites as Chouteau's Pond, Cracker Castle, Old Courthouse, Chouteau Mansion, Lindell Hotel, Grant's Log Cabin, Planters' Hotel, and others.

HOLDINGS: Approximately 115 photographs, of which roughly 30 are matted. The majority of the images in Series 1: Large Photographic Prints, are available as a .pdf below.

ACCESS: Some of the collection may be photocopied, digitally scanned, or photographed, depending on condition and restrictions. A finding aid is available in both .pdf and .rtf formats.

Emil Boehl Photographs of St. Louis Finding Aid (.pdf)

Emil Boehl Photographs of St. Louis Finding Aid (.rtf)

Images from Series 1 of The Emil Boehl Collection (.pdf)