That's basically what the ELCA did yesterday, when it terminated its archivist, Elisabeth Wittman. The archives are an essential tool for any researchers into American Lutheranism, and Wittman has supervised them skillfully for years. She has also organized gatherings of the regional and synodical archivists, helping to coordinate the collective memory of the church.
Those of us who don't work at Higgins Road have long since made a parlor game of trying to decide which functionaries are least functional. Or which functions are the poorest use of our stewardship funds (episcopal junkets to Gaza, anybody?). And sure, an archivist may look like a luxury -- "All she does is pitter around with those dusty old hymnals, right?" But that's wrong. Archivists and historians are like your church treasurer, except that the treasures they deal with are more important than money. Without them, we will not know where we have been, or how we got to where we are. And without that knowledge -- including far more detail than most people can imagine -- it will be hard for us to make realistic plans for the future.