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    Lee Harvey Oswald's Application to Albert Schweitzer College. One page, partially printed, 8.25" x 4.5", March 19, 1959. It reads, with Oswald's hand in italics: "APPLICATION FORM / To: Albert Schweitzer College, Churwalden/Gr., Switzerland /
    Surname (print) Oswald Christian Name(s) Lee Harvey / Mr. Mrs. or Miss Mr. Age 20 Mother Tongue English / Other languages you know Russian (Equal in fluency to 1 year of schooling) / Occupation Student Nationality American / Exact Address MCAF, MAC 5-9, Santa Anna, California, U.S.A. / Remarks Please inform me of the amount of the deposit (If required) so I can forward it and confirm my reservation and show my sincerity of purpose. Thank you. / Date 3/19/59 Signature Lee H. Oswald". A mimeograph trimmed from a larger document as intended. Loss to upper left corner, several pinholes in left margin, two overlapping perforations in lower left corner, creases, 2" split from upper edge goes down into 4th line (misses Oswald's manuscript), a second .5" split in upper margin, a 1" split from bottom edge into blank margin, old tape remnants along splits. Heavy wear, but type and ink remain bold.

    Included is a Typed Letter Signed "Hans Casparis", one page, 8" x 11.5", Churwalden, Switzerland, March 22, 1963, to Lee Harvey Oswald, Santa Barbara, California. This letter from the college president reads: "Due to a number of circumstances we found ourselves forced to make a slight change in the arrival and departure dates of the third term. The first lecture will be held on Tuesday afternoon, 16.00 o'clock, April 19th, instead of taking place on the 21st, with arrival day on the 20th. It will mean that the students arrive either on the evening of Monday, the 18th, or before noon on April 19th. This change, however, makes it possible to end the term on the weekend of July 2nd, instead of the 6th as originally planned. We hope that you will still be able to fit this change of dates into your travel plans. Should it not be possible for you to arrive on the earlier date we of course understand the difficulty. In the latter case, please drop us a line so we know. Looking forward to your coming...". On thin typewriter stock with the expected marginal splits and moderate creasing. Good condition.

    By the time college President Casparis wrote to Oswald in 1960, the former U.S. Marine had already defected to the Soviet Union. A self-proclaimed Marxist, Oswald laid an elaborate plan for entering Europe under the false pretense of enrolling at Albert Schweitzer College. To pull this off, he certainly needed legitimate paperwork to back up his tale. Once on the continent Oswald bypassed Switzerland altogether, making his way to Finland and thence into Russia. After nearly two lackluster years in the workers' paradise, Lee Harvey Oswald was allowed back into the United States.

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