Historian, university professor. Born– June 25, 1920,  Alexandria, La. Parents– Eugene and Hattie Sterkx.  Education– Louisiana State University, B.A., 1944; M.A., 1946; University of Alabama, Ph.D., 1954.  Taught at Troy State College, 1947-1956 and 1959-1972; University of Tampa, 1957-1958; Auburn University in Montgomery, 1972-82; Head of Department of History, AUM, 1975-82. Member– Organization of American Historians and Southern Historical Association; member and president, Alabama Historical Association. Received Award of Merit from American Association of State and Local History, 1974. Awarded status of professor emeritus on his retirement from AUM, 1982. Died June 1989.


Directory of American Scholars, 1982; Alabama Historical Association website.


The Free Negro in Ante-Bellum Louisiana. Rutherford, N.J.; Fairleigh-Dickinson University Press, 1972.

Partners in Rebellion; Alabama Women in the Civil War. Rutherford, N.J.; Fairleigh-Dickinson University Press, 1970.

Some Notable Alabama Women during the Civil War. University, Ala.; Civil War Centennial Commission, 1962.


George Corley Wallace; a Legislative Legacy, 1946-1986. Troy, Ala.; Troy State University Press, 1989.

Governors of Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.; Alabama Journal and Advertiser, 1984.

The Role of the Senate in Alabama History. Troy, Ala.; Troy State University Press, 1978.


A collection of the papers of Dr. Henry E. Sterkx is held by the Department of Archives and Special Collections of the library at AUM.