Mysterious ‘Indiana Jones’ Package Arrives at College

by | December 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM | General, Movies

(Photos: Paramount/University of Chicago)

A mysterious package addressed to Dr. Henry Walton Jones Jr., best known to movie fans as Indiana Jones, has the staff of the University of Chicago Admissions Department scratching their heads.

The parcel contained a journal written by Abner Ravenwood, a fictitious professor at the school who mentored Harrison Ford’s character during his time there.

The journal, which contains early 20th-century replica money and weathered photographs of the professor’s daughter Marion Ravenwood, is described by the school’s official Tumblr as “incredibly detailed,” with a teal cover, red velvet spine and pages of calligraphy.

The origins of the package are completely unknown, but a few theories have been floated around.

It is believed that the book may be the work of an especially creative college applicant, while others think it is a marketing ploy by the creators of the “Indiana Jones” film franchise.

The lack of actual postage, which is replaced by photocopied replica stamps on the envelope the journal arrived in, indicates that it was mailed through the University’s own mail system, rather than the U.S. Postal Service.

The University of Chicago is calling on the public to crack the mystery. “Any hints, ideas, thoughts, or explanations are appreciated,” they wrote. “We’ve been completely baffled as to why this was sent to us, in mostly a good way, but it’s clear this is a neat thing that either belongs somewhere else— or belongs in the halls of UChicago admissions history.”

If you have any information on the journal, contact the University of Chicago Admissions Department at


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