Accent on Understanding records, 1988-2018

Overview of the Collection

Accent on Understanding (Port Townsend, Wash.)
Accent on Understanding records
1988-2018 (inclusive)
1.61 cubic feet (4 boxes) plus 1 vertical file including textual materials, digital records, photographs, and negatives
Collection Number
6244 (Accession No. 6244-001)
Records of non-profit which carried out educational exchanges between educators in Washington state and the nations of the former Soviet Union
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
Access Restrictions

Access to portions of the collection is restricted. Contact University of Washington Libraries Special Collections for details.

English, Russian

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Accent on Understanding was established for and dedicated to promoting global understanding through international exchanges that improve educational communities, opportunities, support systems, and resources, worldwide. It was a non-profit, 501(c)(3)-designated Washington state based international educator exchange organization that existed from 1987 to 2006. Accent on Understanding formed from the yearly Storytell International trips to the Soviet Union, where teachers accompanied master storyteller Michale Gabriel to create peace and friendship through the exchange of stories and other folklore. The 1987 trip inspired several participants to create an organization that would formalize these pursuits. Accent on Understanding carried out educational exchanges between educators of Washington state and the nations of the former Soviet Union including Uzbekistan and Ukraine. Student exchanges began in 1990. The first delegation traveled to the Soviet Union in 1990.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, organizational documents, articles, photographs, newsletters, forms, programs, proposals, and other ephemera relating to Accent on Understanding.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dan Peterson, former Accent on Understanding chair. Delivered by Eric Johnson.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Chairperson rosters and Dan Peterson information 2006-2018
1/2 Organizational guidelines and documents 1990-1993
1/3 IRS tax exempt documents 1992-2004
1/4 Meeting minutes 1986-2000
1/5 Meeting minutes and agendas 1997-2003
1/6 Meeting minutes and correspondence 2001-2005
4/5 Clippings and photographs from album 1988-1998
4/6 Clippings from album 1988-1998
4/7 Clippings and newsletters from album 1988-1998
4/8 Clippings and photographs from album 1988-1998
1/7 Articles, photographs, correspondence of Zoya Zarubina 1988-1999
4/2 Oversized Zoya Zarubina articles 1990-1998
1/8 Partnership Stories Project directory and National Education Association correspondence 1991-1992
1/9 Newsletters 1991-2001
1/10 Fundraising ideas, letters, articles 1990-2001
1/11 Correspondence, reports, programs 1997-2001
1/12 Correspondence, programs, budget 1998-2003
1/13 "Beyond the Horizon" booklet 1999
1/14 Hosting guide undated
1/15 Brochures, promotional materials, artwork 1987-2001
4/1 Oversized promotional poster undated
1/16 Pins and blank planner 2000-2001
1/17 Floppy disk undated
1/18 Negatives undated
1/19 Ukraine-Washington State School Exchange Project undated
1/20 Correspondence, exchange materials, articles, activities 1989-1993
1/21 Exchange protocols and letters 1989-1999
1/22 Exchange forms and letters of understanding 1998-2004
1/23 Delegations to US forms and rosters 1988-1989
2/1 Delegations to USSR letters, reports, articles 1989-1992
2/2 Correspondence and articles on teacher exchange 1989-2003
2/3 Background information for delegates on Russian language and history 1990-2001
2/4 US delegation information, correspondence, pen pal letters, articles 1991-1994
2/5 Russian delegation and Foundation for Russian-American Economic Cooperation materials 2001-2005
2/6 Correspondence, delegation information and activities 2001-2003
2/7 Delegation to US-Uzbekistan and Ukraine 2003-2005
2/8 Delegations to US-Uzbekistan and Russia, Camp Killoqua materials 2004
2/9 Uzbekistan trip lessons, activities, correspondence 2004
2/10 Uzbekistan visa information 2004-2005
2/11 Tashkent trip materials 2004
2/12 Uzbekistan trip materials and correspondence 2004-2005
4/3-4/4 Oversized exchange and delegation articles
Includes newspaper in Russian
2/13 Website printout 2002
2/14 Last meeting photographs 2006
2/15 "Thanks for the Memories" program 2006
2/16 Meeting photographs 1988-1989
3/1 Golden Apple nomination 1995
3/2 Proposal for USIA funding 1999
3/3 Proposal to US Department of State 2001
3/4 Coca-Cola grant request 2002
VF3134 Member information
Restricted until 2043.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Nonprofit organizations--Washington (State)--Port Townsend
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)

Corporate Names

  • Accent on Understanding (Port Townsend, Wash.)--Archives