Does copyright cover unpublished works?

Students, faculty and staff will encounter many types of unpublished materials during their academic research, especially at the NDSU Archives and the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection.

Copyright protects unpublished works. "Under the current law, creators do not need to publish, register, or affix a copyright notice to their works; they need only to fix a creative idea in a tangible medium for that work to be protected by copyright." (Dickson, Maggie. "Due Diligence, Futile Effort: Copyright and the Digitization of the Thomas E. Watson Papers." The American Archivist 73 Number 21 (2010): 631.)