Eugene C. Tidball interview


Eugene C. Tidball


Bob Brown



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Interviewed by Bob Brown on October 1, 2005. Raised in Billings, Montana, Tidball attended The University of Montana from 1949-1955, graduating with degrees in business and law. He first discusses his work as the first director of the Montana Legislative Council, which attempted to make the legislative process more modern, functional and efficient. From there, he assesses legislators who stood out to him. Tidball began working as a lawyer and sometime-lobbyist for the Anaconda Company in 1965. He describes other Anaconda lawyers, lobbyists, and key company players, as well as lobbying strategies including the use of a hospitality room). He finishes by describing some reasons for the waning power and influence of the company in the '70s; the sale of the company to Atlantic Richfield Co.; and the closing of the mine. Eugene C. Tidball is the first director of the Montana Legislative Council, 1960s and lawyer and lobbyist for the Anaconda Company.


Oral History


Atlantic Richfield Co.; Anaconda Company; Legislators; Lawyers

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Bob Brown Oral History Project OH-396, Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


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Oral History Number


Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (72 min.) : digital, WAV file (366 Mb), + 1 transcript (24 p. ; 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

72 minutes

Local Filename

oh396_33.mp3; OH396-33.pdf

Eugene C. Tidball interview
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