New York State requires that every town have a town historian. This is great news for genealogists as town historians are responsible for preserving the past. This may include town documents, buildings and artifacts. They may be instrumental in helping the town store historical items so that they may be preserved for posterity.
You can read more in an article by Meri Rees at http://www.examiner.com/x-7090-NY-Genealogy-Examiner~y2009m5d24-New-York-States-hidden-treasure-town-historians.