Series Is Presented Here As 3 Variables: (1) Original Data, Urban Places, 1939-54; (2) Original Data, 6600 Permit-Issuing Places, 1954-60; (3) Original Data, 10,000 Permit-Issuing Places, 1959-63. For Further Details See Introductory Notes On Bls-Census Building Permit Data. Source: January 1942-June 1954 (Urban Places): U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Special Tabulaton, "Urban Building Authorized, By Principal Class Of Construction And Type Of Building."
This NBER data series m02205a appears on the NBER website in Chapter 2 at http://www.nber.org/databases/macrohistory/contents/chapter02.html.
NBER Indicator: m02205a
Release: NBER Macrohistory Database
National Bureau of Economic Research, New Private Housing Units Authorized By Building Permits, Value for United States [M0205AUSM398NNBR], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/M0205AUSM398NNBR, February 13, 2016.