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University of Chicago Receives Mysterious Package Addressed to Indiana Jones

Do you like a good mystery? Do you also like Indiana Jones? (What am I talking about? Of course you do.) Then this story is for you. A mysterious package found in the mail room of the University of Chicago was addressed to Henry Walton Jones, Jr…. better known as Indiana Jones.

As per a post on the UChicago College Admissions Tumblr, “The package contained an incredibly detailed replica of ‘University of Chicago Professor’ [and Indiana's mentor] Abner Ravenwood’s journal from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

“It looks only sort of like this one, but almost exactly like this one, so much so that we thought it might have been the one that was for sale on Ebay had we not seen some telling inconsistencies in cover color and “Ex Libris” page (and distinct lack of sword). The book itself is a bit dusty, and the cover is teal fabric with a red velvet spine, with weathered inserts and many postcards/pictures of Marion Ravenwood (and some cool old replica money) included. It’s clear that it is mostly, but not completely handmade, as although the included paper is weathered all of the “handwriting” and calligraphy lacks the telltale pressure marks of actual handwriting.

The address on the package, which wasn’t actually mailed (there’s no US postage on it, and the antique-looking stamps appear to have been photocopied) is one specific to Rosenwald Hall. Though Rosenwald is now home to the Econ department and College Admissions, it used to be the geology and geography building. The plot thickens…

UChicago has set up an e-mail address ( where people can send any clues or suggestions as to who sent the journal and why they might have done so. They’ve assembled a few theories since the journal was found two days ago; my favorite is “Harrison Ford REALLY wants to go on a date with someone in our office and this is how he got our attention.” Keep the dream alive!

(via: Death and Taxes)

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  • Anatasia Beaverhousen

    This the coolest thing I’ve read about in ages.

  • Anonymous

    Making replicas of the Indiana books is something fans have been obsessing about for years. Heck, even my own father has replicas of tickets and things that were stuck in the Grail diary. The props used in the movies are so fascinatingly detailed, they’re fun to replicate.

    I really don’t see how this is a mystery, if you know anything about Indiana Jones fan culture. They make replicas of stuff; it’s how they express their fandom. Sorta surprised this is the first and only prop mailed like this.

  • LinneaKou

    I’m voting for viral marketing. Disney just got their hands on Lucasfilm. Disney loves viral marketing (see Tron: Legacy). They’re making another Indy film. I’m calling it.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    The mystery isn’t that the replica exists, it’s that it wound up where it did.