University of New England - Innovation for a Healthier Planet

Millicent Todd Bingham collection, 1937-1968

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Collection Scope and Content

This collection includes correspondence with MWWC and two articles.

Biographical/Historical Note

Born in 1880 in Washington, D.C., Millicent Todd Bingham was the daughter of David Peck Todd, an astronomy professor, and Mabel Loomis Todd, a noted lecturer and author who, with Thomas Wentworth Higginson, first edited the poems and letters of Emily Dickinson. Millicent accompanied her father on astronomical expeditions around the world, leading to her interest in geography.

In 1920, she married Walter Van Dyke Bingham. At her mother’s urging, she worked to publish several books of Emily Dickinson’s poems and letters. In addition to her interest in geography and Emily Dickinson, she also was involved with conservation and natural history activities. In 1935 she established the Todd Wildlife Sanctuary using family land on Hog Island, Maine. The island is now administered by the National Audubon Society. Millicent Todd Bingham died in Washington, D.C., in 1968 at the age of eighty-eight.