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Founded in 1895, Barnett College was an Ivy League school located in Fairfield, New York where Indiana Jones was a professor of archaeology in the 1930s and '40s.

Jones' office was located in Hamilton Hall on Grove Avenue, and Marcus Brody also worked at the college, in conjunction with his duties at the National Museum.

Barnett College housed the Dunlop Collection, a set of documents initially dismissed due to its ties with Atlantean mysticism but was later found to have greater historical importance as it held of one of two known copies of Lost Dialogue of Plato.


Barnett College was founded in 1895,[1] and eventually became part of the Ivy League.[3] Around 1922, archaeologist Charles Sternhart sent a copy of the Hermocrates to a colleague whose assets became part of Barnett's Dunlop Collection.[4] Indiana Jones and Sophia Hapgood's earliest association with Barnett College was on the 1929 Jastro expedition of which the school was a sponsor,[2] and Jones later became a professor of archaeology at the school.[5]

Just as the spring term in 1931 ended, Jones and Marcus Brody became involved in the quest to recover the stolen Wohat Statues, which led to Jones finding the Invincible Ruby of Ali Bey. Helen and her friend were two of Jones' students that semester.[6]

In 1934, Barnett College sent Jones a job offer.[7] By 1935, Professor Jones was at least performing fieldwork on Barnett's behalf.[8] He was affiliated with Marshall College from 1935 to 1937.[9][10][11]

Note: The following section is ambiguously canon.
It contains information that originates in a source that has not been deemed definitively canon.

During Marion Ravenwood's 1936 stint as the National Museum public relations agent, curator Marcus Brody asked her to sort their Marshall College branch's archive as Barnett had requested the return of items loaned from their collection. After considerable effort, she managed to retrieve their "junk" but took the time to spare a thought for the "sap" who would have to find the pieces should Barnett College also misplace them.[12]

Ambiguously canon information ends here.

Teaching at Barnett in the fall of 1937, Professor Jones was assigned three freshman "Archaeology 101" sections by chairman Doctor Snedly, but transfered Jones's seminar "Origins of the Incas 201" to visiting professor Francisca Uribe Del Arco. Despite starting off on the wrong foot with Uribe, Jones and Uribe teamed up after attackers tried to steal a package from Uribe's brother. As the semester was starting, the pair were given a sabbatical to journey to South America to track down the Chimu Taya Arms.[13]

After successfully retrieving the Cross of Coronado off of the coast of Portugal in 1938, Jones met with Marcus Brody at the college to discuss the National Museum's acquisition of the artifact. Jones then met with his secretary Irene and pushed his way through a room of eager students to seek sanctuary in his office. Climbing out the window to avoid the students, he was found by men who took him to New York City to meet Walter Donovan.[1]


Upset Barnett College students.

In 1939, Jones was at the college when he was approached by a gentleman who needed help with a mysterious artifact. After Jones had realized that it was an Horned Statue from Atlantis and opened it to reveal a bead of orichalcum, the stranger robbed Jones of the statue and escaped. Jones found a clue leading to Sophia Hapgood, and headed off to New York City to find her before the Nazis could. Jones and Hapgood later returned to the college to view a copy of Hermocrates to help them find their way to Atlantis via Monte Carlo and Algeria. After the discovery and destruction of Atlantis, Jones and Hapgood returned to Barnett College and watched a football game, where the winning interception made by Jerry Travis, had been predicted by Hapgood.[14]

Jones was teaching at Barnett as late as 1947,[15] but had returned to Marshall College by 1957.[16]


Barnett location

The location of Barnett College, in relation to New York City.

When Henry Jones mailed the Grail diary to Indiana, he sent the package to the following address:

Prof. Indiana Jones
Barnett College
Hamilton Hall
Grove Avenue
Fairfield, New York

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Behind the scenes[]


Barnett College insignia.

Barnett College is introduced in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It's unclear why Indiana Jones began teaching at Barnett College[1] or why he moved back to Marshall College, which he returns to sometime prior to the events of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.[16]

Both the exterior and interior for Barnett College were filmed at Rickmansworth Masonic School in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. The same corridor and classroom interior had been used for Marshall College during the production of Raiders of the Lost Ark eight years earlier. Marshall was unnamed in the film but identified in the novelization[17] perhaps indicating that Barnett was intended to be the same school as shown in Raiders. However, the establishing shot of Marshall – in reality, the exterior of the Faye Spanos Concert Hall at the University of the Pacific Conservatory in California – was reused and digitally adjusted to depict the school two decades on in Crystal Skull. Signage later displaying the college's name on campus clarifies that Marshall and Barnett are indeed separate institutions.

Indiana Jones Adventures: Volume 2: Curse of the Invincible Ruby, set in 1931, doesn't name the school Indiana Jones is shown teaching at[6] but his office matches the one from Last Crusade[1] as opposed to the differing layout of his 1936 Marshall office in The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones.[18]

In Last Crusade the College's name and location in Fairfield are not mentioned in dialogue, but appear on the package containing the Grail Diary sent by Henry Jones, Sr.[1] The name is mentioned in dialogue in Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, where its location in central New York is seen on a map.[2] Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide places the college as much closer to New York City.[19]

Its seal as depicted in the Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb: 1935 Journal shows the date 1878, obviously intended as the date of establishment.[8] However, a panel in the fourth issue of the Fate of Atlantis adaptation reads "Est. 1823".[14] The founding date of 1895 is shown on the college's signage in its establishing shot in the movie itself but isn't apparent without the aid of high-definition resolution.[1]

In LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, Barnett College serves as a central hub.[20] In the sequel, however, Marcus Brody's scenes during the story of Last Crusade seems to be taking place at Marshall instead of Barnett.[21]



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
  3. The Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade comic does not name the school, but refers to it as an Ivy League college in Connecticut, though the movie itself specifically indicates that Barnett College is in Fairfield, New York.
  4. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis randomizes the cache of documents holding the Hermocrates, placing it in the Ashkenazy, Dunlop, Pearce, Sprague, or Ward Collections depending on the playthrough. However, the comic book adaptation fixes it down to Dunlop.
  5. Dating for Indiana Jones' time at Barnett varies: The timeline in Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide has Jones starting at Barnett College in January 1938, but Indiana Jones and the Arms of Gold shows Jones assigned classes for the Fall 1937 semester (which The World of Indiana Jones indicates is when Jones began teaching there) but language choices in the story suggest he's been there a number of years.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Indiana Jones Adventures: Volume 2: Curse of the Invincible Ruby
  7. Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx
  8. 8.0 8.1 Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb: 1935 Journal
  9. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom junior novel
  10. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  11. FAIJ The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones – "Double Play!"
  12. Disney Magic Kingdoms
  13. Indiana Jones and the Arms of Gold
  14. 14.0 14.1 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis comic
  15. Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
  16. 16.0 16.1 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  17. Raiders of the Lost Ark novel
  18. The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones
  19. Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide
  20. LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
  21. LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues

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