She is one of two curators with The National Park System NPS at Death Valley. The other is Gretchen Voeks who leads the Scotty's Castle restoration project. Here's a video of Gretchen's excellent work at the Castle:
Jane is an archeologist by training and has been at DV for several years now. I forgot how many. She works out of the Cow Creek NPS facilities which are generally not open to the public on a walk-in basis but by appointment only.
Jane was not off the hand familiar with the Corduroy Road history but had a general sense of the history of that era. She was willing to look into my request further when time permitted but for now, she directed me to the web for this link: https://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_ ... ion3d6.htm
I asked about how digitized the DV NPS collections were and she said that this is one of her current main tasks and employs one or two interns to assist. First, they are trying to just catalog and survey the general collection and once organized will attempt the transfer from analog to digital. Once completed the public should have access at https://npgallery.nps.gov/
This appears to be a huge task and with limited funding and staff. Jane is willing to accept volunteer assistance on the project from qualified folks who can spend several months at it rather than just show up for a day or a week. The NPS will provide an RV pad and hookups but no standard housing because that is so limited at Cow Creek.
The Death Valley Natural History Association is not involved with this curation but is very involved in the Scotty Castle restoration.
Maybe when my knees and legs finally give out I'll be able to help Jane out with her curation but for now, the wanderlust keeps me all outdoors.
If you can help Jane out with the DV Collection, give her a ring at 760-786-3282