The Galusha Family Collection (1820 –1900) consists of letters, poems, several types of cards, two copies of photographs, a political convention badge, two hand-made valentines, a hand-made booklet, fabric samples, a deed, a promissory note, a hand-drawn caricature of Artemis Ward, and several empty envelopes. It documents the lives of community individuals from a single town - Berkshire, Vermont - who were related by kinship or friendship. The collection covers their experiences in rural New England from the early years of industrialization through westward migration and the Civil War. Two of the correspondents, Amy and Arvilla Galusha, worked in the mills at Lowell. Some of the letters from non-Berkshire residents are the result of the many friendships that Amy had with other mill workers.
This collection of family items was donated to the Lowell National Historical Park by J. Lynwood Smith of South Hero, Vermont. According to the terms of the accession, the originals of the Civil War items were returned to the donor with transcriptions and copies of the rest of the collection. These Civil War items are Galusha 181 - CW-1 through Galusha 189 - CW-9.