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

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.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Historical 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, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
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

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • 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.

Contributors
  • Burglass, Milton Earl, 1941-


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