The Data Represent Estimates Of The Number Of New Nonfarm Housekeeping Units Erected Each Year. They Are Presented As A Suggested Revision Of The Official Estimates For The Period 1890-1939, And An Extension Of This Series Back To 1840. The Estimates Are Intended Primarily For Use In The Study Of Long-Swing Movements Of Residential Construction, And, According To The Author, May Not Do Justice To Short Cyclical Movements. For Further Information See The Source Work Cited Above And Lipsey And Preston, Pp. 270-71. Source: Manuel Gottlieb "Estimates Of Residential Building, United States, 1840-1939, " (New York, NBER Technical Paper 17, 1964)
This NBER data series a02238 appears on the NBER website in Chapter 2 at http://www.nber.org/databases/macrohistory/contents/chapter02.html.
NBER Indicator: a02238
Release: NBER Macrohistory Database
National Bureau of Economic Research, Estimated Production of Nonfarm Residential Housekeeping Units for United States [A02238USA496NNBR], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/A02238USA496NNBR/, September 4, 2015.