Ideally, oral history recordings are made using quality equipment meant for capturing multiple speaking voices. However, acceptable recordings can be made using simple and/or easily-obtained devices:
Zoom H1 recorders can be signed out of Media Resources.
You can use your smartphone, too, but adding a microphone will greatly improve sound quality. Microphones are also available from Media Resources.
Another option, if you're going to record on campus, is to arrange a session in the recording studio in the basement of Chicago Hall.
Questions about borrowing equipment or using the studio can be directed to Baynard Bailey (babailey) or another member of the Academic Computing team (firstname.lastname@example.org)