Control Access Terms/Browse List release!

We are excited to release the TARO Control Access List created by Devon Murphy, former TARO Metadata Analyst. This list will be used by repositories to update and create search terms for their finding aids within TARO. The Control Access Master List is in two parts:

A Browse List: Used for the “Browse” section of the website. This is a short list of broad search terms for geographic places and subject topics. To have your finding aids appear in the “Browse” section of the website, we strongly encourage you to use these terms. Terms that closely match are expected to also appear in Browse search results. We will be actively testing this list from July 13th-August 16th, when the search features of TARO 2.0 will be available. We encourage you all to add these terms to your finding aids or to create dummy finding aids to aid us in testing! Feedback should be submitted to Carla Alvarez (

An Advanced Search List: Used for Advanced/keyword search options. This is a large list of all control access terms entered into TARO as of August 2020; items have been standardized in terms of punctuation, spelling, and syntax. Finding aids do not need to use anything on this list to appear in Advanced/keyword search, but it is encouraged to update one’s terms to provide users with more consistent search results. This list is complete.


  • Documentation explaining how to use the list, as well as a description of testing needs was shared via email.
  • You can also find the documentation in the TARO wiki here.


  • Stay tuned to the taro-list for an announcement to attend a browsing and subject headings training opportunity later in the summer. The date is TBD, but will be after repositories have had a chance to see how browse works during the Public site soft launch (after July 13).

This is an important part of the subject standardization work conducted during the NEH implementation grant.


The TARO 2.0 implementation project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.