El Centro Asturiano is one of Tampa's early Spanish social clubs. The club, founded in 1902, catered to Latin males, most of whom were immigrant workers in Ybor City's cigar factories. Members paid a monthly fee for health insurance, use of club facilities, and guaranteed burial. The Centro Asturiano de Tampa Collection in USF Libraries Special Collections consists of club and hospital records, meeting minutes, photographs, ephemera, zarzuelas, playbills, financial records, memorias, sheet music, and cemetery records. Included in the ephemera, are flags, trophies, printing plates, and various artifacts related to the club.
Digitization of the collection began with a collection of membership record portrait snapshots.