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Abstract

A program developed by psychiatrist Milton Burglass for training prison inmates and offenders on probation about decision making, problem solving, and life planning, taught by volunteers in 30 locations in the United States. Includes the records of the program in Greenfield, Massachusetts, containing newsletters, minutes, by-laws, treasurer's reports, correspondence, newsclippings, brochures, and lists of volunteers, board members, and staff.

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English
SCUA: the archive of social change
Thresholds to Life Records
1978-1990
2 boxes (1.25 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 156
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. The programs are developed and coordinated by the non-profit organization Decisions, Inc. The curriculum was developed in 1965 by Dr. Milton Burglass, a psychiatrist who served time in a New Orleans prison for stock fraud.

Contents of Collection

The records in this collection are those of the Thresholds to Life program in Greenfield, Massachusetts, a United Way agency and include by-laws, minutes, treasurer's reports, operating manuals, membership lists, newsletters, brochures, and newsclippings.

Collection inventory
Board of directors meetings minutes
1983-1986
Box 1: 1
Mailings to members

Box 1: 2
Brochures and publicity

Box 1: 3
Newsletter
1983 (Sept.)
Box 1: 4
Accretion:

By-laws
1977
Box 2: 1
Minutes (partial)
1979-1989
Box 2: 2
Treasurer's reports
1989
Box 2: 3
Board members and staff
1982-1990
Box 2: 4
Correspondence, memos
1978-1982
Box 2: 5
Administrative records

Box 2: 6
Lists of volunteers

Box 2: 7
Mailings to members and volunteers
1979-1986
Box 2: 8
Training calendars, info.

Box 2: 9
Project P.R.I.D.E.
1981-1983
Box 2: 10
UMass Office of Internships

Box 2: 11
Newsletters
1987-1989
Box 2: 12
Newsclips, press releases
1979-1990
Box 2: 13
Brochures, flyers
1983-1987, n.d.
Box 2: 14
McAuliffe, Garrett. "Measuring the Outcomes of a Community College Career Decision-making Course."
1984
Box 2: 15
Article on drug abuse

Box 2: 16
Decisions manual, third revision

Box 2: 17
Thresholds manual
1972
Box 2: 18
Decisions coursebook
1978
Box 2: 19
Thresholds operating manual
1978?
Box 2: 20
Manuals, etc. from related projects

Box 2: 21
Administrative information
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--History--Sources.
  • Greenfield (Mass.)--Social conditions--Sources.
  • Prisoners--Massachusetts--Greenfield--Life skills guides.
  • Prisoners--Rehabilitation--Massachusetts--Greenfield--History--Sources.
Names
  • Burglass, Milton Earl, 1941-
  • Thresholds to Life (Organization)--Archives.