Sidney Armstrong Interview, May 21, 2021


Sidney Armstrong


Bob Brown



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Sidney Armstrong discusses her early life in Helena and her family which is of Irish descent. Sidney talks about attending the International School of Geneva during high school and her attendance at the University of Montana in Missoula. She explains her close relationship with former Governor Tom Judge and his first wife, Carol including her first job working part-time for Carol Judge as a social secretary; working on Tom Judge’s campaigns for the Legislature, lieutenant governor, and governor; and how Tom Judge hires Sidney to work full-time after her divorce. Sidney explains how her job for Tom Judge included working on appointments to boards, commissions, and advisory councils. Judge’s third gubernatorial election and loss to his then-lieutenant governor, Ted Schwinden, is discussed by Sidney. And finally Sidney talks about how after being fired by Governor Judge’s successor, Governor Schwinden, she was hired by Jim Murry with the Montana AFL-CIO.


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Document Type

Oral History

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

OH 396-084

Media Type

Sound; Text

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:34:46 minutes

Local Filename

OH_396_084.mp3; OH_396_084.pdf

Sidney Armstrong Interview, May 21, 2021
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