When I began this research in 1991 I embarked on a quest to turn up the volume on the stories of gender and sexuality that have been dubbed out of the Chicano historical record. Through this journey I found that being an oral historian is like being a DJ. As one digs through the old crates of records (historical archives) to find missing stories, the songs (narrative grooves, if you will) must be selected and their elements remixed to produce new meanings. Oral historians spin the historical record by sampling new voices and cutting and mixing the established soundscape to allow listeners to hear something different, even in grooves they thought they knew.
— Maylei Blackwell | ¡Chicana Power!: Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement | 2011