CHARLES A. STERMAN, 75, a retired deputy assistant archivist with the General Services Administration's Federal Records Centers, died of cancer July 29 at the home of his daughter in Silver Spring. He had residences in Carroll Valley, Pa., and Tamarac, Fla.

Mr. Sterman was born in Russia and grew up in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He graduated from the University of Alabama, where he also earned a master's degree in business administration.

He joined the Tennessee Valley Authority in Knoxville in 1934 as a records management specialist. He moved to the Washington area in 1944 and served in the Navy in its Office of Records Management here during World War II. After that, he worked for the Navy Department as a civilian records specialist.

In 1951, he joined the GSA's National Archives and Records Service. During the Eisenhower adminstration, Mr. Sterman was assigned to develop a new records management system for the White House. Mr. Sterman retired from the GSA in about 1976. He moved to Pennsylvania in 1977.

He was a Mason and a founding member of the Beth Torah Congregation in Hyattsville, where he was a past second vice president.

Survivors include his wife, Harriet Reuben Sterman of Carroll Valley and Tamarac; a daughter, Sherry Warsaw of Silver Spring; two sisters, Sadie Plotka of Orlando, Fla., and Rose Banks of Huntsville, Ala., and three grandchildren.