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<subject> Subject

<subject> encodes a topic associated with or covered by the described materials. When the subject is a person, corporation, or geographic region, <persname>, <corpname>, and <geogname> should be used, with their ROLE attribute set to “subject.” Not all subjects in the finding aid need to be tagged, but this element may be used to encode any for which more than keyword searching access should be available.

It may be used within <controlaccess>, <entry>, <event>, <extref>, <extrefloc>, <indexentry>, <item>, <label>, <namegrp>, <p>, <physdesc>, <physfacet>, <ref>, <refloc>, and <unittitle>. Subjects with major representation in the materials should be listed within <controlaccess> even if the names are encoded elsewhere.


  • ALTRENDER – not required. Use if the content of the element should be displayed or printed differently than the rendering established in a style sheet for other occurrences of the element.
  • AUDIENCE – not required. Use to set whether the element’s contents will be visible to external users or to internal ones. Possible values are: “internal” and “external.”
  • ID – not required. Creates an ID for element. Can be used for linking.
  • AUTHFILENUMBER – not required. A number that identifies the authority file record for an access term drawn from that authority file (the source for this number/the access term should be in SOURCE).
  • ENCODINGANALOG – not required. May contain information to map this tag to MARC fields 650 and 69x.
  • NORMAL – not required. Can be used to provide the authority form if the subject is being used informally within narrative text, etc.
  • RULES – not required. May be used to specify the descriptive rules followed when forming the subject.
  • SOURCE – not required. The source of the controlled vocabulary, e.g. “lcsh” for Library of Congress Subject Headings.


<subject> may contain PCDATA, <emph>, <extptr>, <lb />, and <ptr>.


	<persname source="local" role="subject">Kitchin, Sarah J. Bell</persname>
	<famname source="local" role="subject">Bell family.</famname>
	<subject source="lcnaf">Peace Corps (U.S.)</subject>
	<subject source="lcnaf">Peace Corps (U.S.)--Philippines</subject>

EAD tag library entry for <subject>.