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M-169: Emil Boehl Photographs of St. Louis

DATE: 1864-1897

CREATOR: Boehl, Emil (1839-1919) German-Amercan photographer.

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.

EXTENT: 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.

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

ACCESS: This collection is available for on-site use only in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room. Some of the material in Special Collection M-100 may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition. For collections marked limited access, researchers are advised to contact the library at least three business days in advance of their visit to submit a request to view the physical material.

A finding aid is available for download for this collection:

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)

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Preferred Citation: When citing the material from this collection, the preferred citation is: From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.