Thresholds to Life Records

Overview: Thresholds to Life is a program developed by psychiatrist Milton Burglass for training prison inmates and offenders on probation about decision making, problem solving, and life planning. It is operated by volunteers in 30 locations in the United States.

The Thresholds to Life collection includes records of the program in Greenfield, Mass., and contains newsletters, minutes, by-laws, treasurer's reports, correspondence, news clippings, brochures, and lists of volunteers, board members, and staff.

Background on Thresholds to Life (Organization)

Thresholds to Life is a training program for decision making, problem solving, and life planning taught by volunteers to prison inmates and offenders on probation in 30 locations in the United States. Developed and coordinated by the non-profit organization Decisions, Inc., the curriculum was initially developed in 1965 by Milton Burglass, a psychiatrist who had served time in a New Orleans prison for stock fraud.

Contents of Collection

The Thresholds to Life collection includes records of the program in Greenfield, Mass., and contains newsletters, minutes, by-laws, treasurer's reports, correspondence, news clippings, brochures, and lists of volunteers, board members, and staff.

Collection inventory
Administrative records

Box 2: 6
Articles: on drug abuse

Box 2: 16
Articles: McAuliffe, Garrett, "Measuring the Outcomes of a Community College Career Decision-making Course"
1984
Box 2: 15
Board members and staff
1982-1990
Box 2: 4
Board of directors minutes (partial)
1979-1989
Box 2: 2
Board of directors minutes
1983-1986
Box 1: 1
Brochures and publicity

Box 1: 3
Brochures and flyers
1983-1987
Box 2: 14
By-laws
1977
Box 2: 1
Correspondence and memoranda
1978-1982
Box 2: 5
Lists of volunteers

Box 2: 7
Mailings to members and volunteers
1979-1986
Box 2: 8
Mailings to members

Box 1: 2
Publications: Decisions coursebook
1978
Box 3: 19
Publications: Decisions manual, third revision

Box 2: 17
Publications: Manuals, etc. from related projects

Box 3: 21
Publications: Newsletter
1983 Sept.
Box 1: 4
Publications: Newsletters
1987-1989
Box 2: 12
Publications: Thresholds manual
1972
Box 3: 18
Publications: Thresholds operating manual
ca.1978?
Box 3: 20
Publications: Training calendars, info.

Box 2: 9
News clippings, press releases
1979-1990
Box 2: 13
Project P.R.I.D.E.
1981-1983
Box 2: 10
Treasurer's reports
1989
Box 2: 3
UMass Office of Internships

Box 2: 11

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English

Provenance

Acquired from James Craig, 1987, 1991.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman, May 1991.

Acknowledgments

Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Thresholds to Life Records (MS 156). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • Criminals--Rehabilitation--Massachusetts--Greenfield
  • Greenfield (Mass.)--Social conditions
  • Prisoners--Massachusetts--Greenfield--Life skills guides
  • Prisoners--Rehabilitation--Massachusetts--Greenfield

Names

  • Burglass, Milton Earl, 1941-
  • Thresholds to Life (Organization)