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Thresholds to Life Records, 1978-1990
2 boxes (1.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 156

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.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Biographical Note

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.

Scope and contents of the 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.

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

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

History of the Collection

Acquired from: James Craig, 1987, 1991.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman, May 1991.

Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Board of directors meetings minutes

Box 1:1
Mailings to members

Box 1:2
Brochures and publicity

Box 1:3
1983 (Sept.)

Box 1:4


Box 2:1
Minutes (partial)

Box 2:2
Treasurer's reports

Box 2:3
Board members and staff

Box 2:4
Correspondence, memos

Box 2:5
Administrative records

Box 2:6
Lists of volunteers

Box 2:7
Mailings to members and volunteers

Box 2:8
Training calendars, info.

Box 2:9
Project P.R.I.D.E.

Box 2:10
UMass Office of Internships

Box 2:11

Box 2:12
Newsclips, press releases

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."

Box 2:15
Article on drug abuse

Box 2:16
Decisions manual, third revision

Box 2:17
Thresholds manual

Box 2:18
Decisions coursebook

Box 2:19
Thresholds operating manual

Box 2:20
Manuals, etc. from related projects

Box 2:21

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

  • Criminals--Rehabilitation--Massachusetts--Greenfield--History--Sources.
  • Greenfield (Mass.)--Social conditions--Sources.
  • Prisoners--Massachusetts--Greenfield--Life skills guides.
  • Prisoners--Rehabilitation--Massachusetts--Greenfield--History--Sources.
  • Thresholds to Life (Organization)--Archives.

  • Burglass, Milton Earl, 1941-

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