The Series Is Presented Here As 2 Variables: (1) Original Data, Blank-Bls, 1889-1945; (2) Original Data, Census, 1945-63. See V161 Source: 1945-1958 (Annual Data): "Construction Reports, Housing Starts, " No. C20- 60, June 1964. For Monthly Data, "Construction Review, " July 1964. 1959-1963: "Construction Reports, Housing Starts, " Nos. C20-50 To C20- 66, August 1963 To December 1964.
This NBER data series m02161b appears on the NBER website in Chapter 2 at http://www.nber.org/databases/macrohistory/contents/chapter02.html.
NBER Indicator: m02161b
Release: NBER Macrohistory Database
National Bureau of Economic Research, Number of New Private Nonfarm Housing Units Started for United States [M0261BUSM610NNBR], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/M0261BUSM610NNBR/, August 2, 2015.