The collection contains mounted photographs of St. Louis scenes taken by Emil Boehl. Boehl was a St. Louis photographer who focused on St. Louis scenes of streets, buildings, and locales. He was born in Germany in 1839 and immigrated to St. Louis in 1854. After service in the Union Army during the Civil War, Boehl returned to St. Louis and went into partnership with Lawrence Koenig in a photography studio. The studio partnership existed until 1897. Boehl retired from photography in 1919 and died on September 12th of that same year.